Garmin To Pay 500K In Patent Infringement Settlement

Kansas City –  A Texas jury has ordered Garmin Ltd., an Olathe, Kan.-based maker of satellite navigation devices, to pay $500,000 to settle a patent infringement suit filed against it  by Ambato Media LLC.

The court ruled that Garmin devices using MSN Direct, a television receiver service, infringed on an Ambato Media patent. Garmin products incorporating the MSN Direct service provided users with information on traffic, weather, gas prices and movie times, among other things. Garmin discontinued the MSN devices in 2010 and the MSN Direct service was shut down in January this year.

Andrew Etkind, Garmin’s vice president and general counsel, said that the ruling will have no impact on Garmin’s current services or products.

“Although we disagree that Ambato’s ‘television receiver’ patent is infringed by these discontinued Garmin navigation devices, we are pleased that the jury rejected Ambato’s demand for exorbitant damages,” he said.

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