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Pioneer Files Action Against Garmin

11/16/2009 03:01:37 PM Eastern

- Pioneer said it filed
a complaint
against Garmin with the U.S. International Trade Commission
(ITC), alleging violation of Pioneer's navigation patents.

Pioneer seeks an exclusion order barring the importation of
certain Garmin products into the U.S., and a cease and desist order
preventing distribution of these products.

Pioneer claimed it has been negotiating in good faith with Garmin
to license its products and that Pioneer licenses its navigation patent
portfolio to other companies. Pioneer concluded, however, that Garmin has not
"fairly evaluated" the value of Pioneer's patents, and "Pioneer determined that
litigation is necessary in order to protect its intellectual property," said a

A spokesman for Garmin said, "Garmin does not believe we infringe
on any of Pioneer's patents, and we believe that these patents are invalid. We
look forward to the opportunity to vigorously defend ourselves."

Pioneer previously filed a complaint on Oct. 9 against Garmin in
the German District Court of Dusseldorf, also alleging Garmin's infringement of
Pioneer's navigation patents.


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