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Published December 16, 2011, 05:45 PM

Ski-Doo Maker Accuses Arctic Cat of Patent Infringement

(WDAZ-TV) - The maker of Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles has accused Thief River Falls-based Arctic Cat of infringing six patents the Valcourt, Quebec-based firm designed starting in 2003, according to the Montreal Gazette.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

(WDAZ-TV) - The maker of Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles has accused Thief River Falls-based Arctic Cat of infringing six patents the Valcourt, Quebec-based firm designed starting in 2003, according to the Montreal Gazette.

Bombardier Recreational Products filed the lawsuits in Canada and the United States on Thursday. They claim that Arctic Cat caused unspecified financial and punitive damages. BRP wants Arctic Cat to cease production of the models in question and to destroy any in inventory.

The company claims "Arctic Cat knowingly used certain innovations protected by BRP's patents without permission."

In an interview with the Gazette, BRP spokesperson Pierre Pichette said that "it would certainly (involve) thousands and thousands" of snowmobiles in Arctic Cat's inventory.

The lawsuit targets Arctic Cat's 2007 Jaguar Z1 model in particular, but also includes the 2008 Sno Pro 600 and TZ1 LXR.

In 2007, BRP says it starting noticing its rival had allegedly copied some of the patented technologies that were developed in 2003. They claim the infringements have continued, including 2012 models.

According to the Gazette report, managers in Thief River Falls and executives in Plymouth, MN, didn't return phone calls.

Arctic Cat was formed in 1960. There were around 1,300 employees in late 2010. The company reported revenue of more than $450 million that year.

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