Garmin International will appeal a $37 million fine recommended by an International Trade Commission administrative law judge in a long-running patent violation dispute with Navico Inc.
Navico filed an ITC complaint in June 2014, alleging that some of Garmin’s DownVü sonar products infringed on “at least one patented aspect” of Navico’s marine technology.
In an initial determination handed down on Friday, the ITC judge said Garmin’s sale of certain DownVü products violated an earlier ITC ruling in December 2015. That decision ordered Garmin to stop selling DownVü products involved in the case.
A final decision on the latest ITC ruling is expected in August.
Navico said in a press release that “it is clear that the administrative law judge found Garmin’s disregard for the cease-and-desist orders particularly troublesome.”
Garmin said in a press release that it continues to disagree with the ITC patent violation determination.
“Even if affirmed by the ITC, the ruling has no impact on Garmin’s customers or dealers,” said Andrew Etkind, Garmin vice president and general counsel.
Etkind also said the ruling “does not impact in any way Garmin products with ClearVü sonar functionality, which have been on the market since 2016.”