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Garmin® Violates Navico Patents, Required to Stop Import and Sale of DownVu™ Products

Dec 02, 2015

Egersund, Norway – Navico – the world’s largest manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance®, Simrad®, B&G® and GoFree® brands — announced today that the International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that Garmin Ltd. DownVu™ scanning sonar products violate Navico’s patents for DownScan Imaging™ technology. This ruling reverses an initial determination issued by an Administrative Law Judge this past July, previously announced by Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN). In addition, this is the second adverse ruling in two weeks by the ITC that finds that Garmin is violating sonar patents.

The ITC DownVu ruling prohibits Garmin from importing, selling, advertising, and aiding or assisting distributors or retailers in selling all its infringing DownVu products, including the echo, echoMAP and GPSMAP products with their respective transducers. Specifically, the Commission has issued a Cease and Desist Order barring Garmin and its distributors from selling, or aiding others in the sale of, these products and has also issued an Exclusion Order directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to reject their importation.

While all ITC orders have a 60-day period before taking full effect, effective immediately resellers of Garmin DownVu products risk willfully infringing Navico’s patents if they continue to sell Garmin DownVu products, and they could be subject to an infringement suit. Therefore, Navico advises against any distributor, dealer or retailer continuing marketing or selling these products and recommends that resellers seek independent legal advice if they have any questions in this matter. In addition, the ITC has ruled that Garmin must post a bond equal to 100 percent of the value of infringing products, when they sell from inventory or import any of these products into the U.S. during the 60-day review period.

Further, any Garmin products claiming to feature a “design around” solution are subject to ITC or U.S. Customs approval in order to confirm that such an alternative solution does not likewise violate Navico’s patents. As of this writing, Garmin has not initiated the process of submitting alternative designs.

Garmin could file an appeal with a U.S. Federal Court in an attempt to challenge the factual conclusions or show the law was incorrectly applied by the ITC; however, in the meantime, the importation and sale of Garmin products featuring DownVu technology are subject to the ITC ruling and violate Navico’s patents, effective immediately.

“We are extremely pleased that the ITC has ruled in our favor,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “Our innovative DownScan Imaging provides real benefits to fishermen, and we have invested considerable time, effort and resources to develop and bring it to market. Our patents are designed to protect that investment.

“We offered our competitors the opportunity to license our technology and incorporate it into their products for the benefit of their customers – and many have. This offer was also made to Garmin, but they declined – putting everyone who sells their products in a difficult position. The situation is unfortunate for many dealers and distributors in the marine electronics marketplace, but we will continue to vigorously defend the intellectual property that protects our innovations and our leading position in the marketplace.”

The International Trade Commission is an independent governmental agency in Washington, DC responsible for addressing patent infringement disputes relating to goods that are manufactured abroad and imported into the United States. Garmin’s DownVu Products are manufactured and imported from Taiwan.

About GoFree: The GoFree brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. The GoFree brand encompasses map, apps, telematics and services that are available directly on the MFD and online. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

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GoFree Announces Development of GoFree Hooked

Jul 14, 2015

New fishing app for IOS and Android gives anglers mobile solution to record and share catches as well as challenge friends.

Tulsa, Okla.GoFree – the provider of digital content and services and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad and B&G – announced today the development and release for Beta testing of new fishing app – GoFree Hooked™.

GoFree Hooked app for iOS is a mobile tracking solution for anglers, with the capability to record and share every fishing trip – whether from boat or shore. GoFree Hooked automatically saves the time, location and navigation track of each outing with a fast and simple “Catch” functionality to quickly record fish image, size, weight, species and other information. The app merges navigational data with user data for a complete picture of every catch from each trip to easily share with others. All data is stored on the secure GoFree cloud server for easy access anywhere.

An industry-first, the GoFree Hooked app also delivers a powerful “Compete” feature so anglers can create their own personal tournaments among friends. Competition guidelines can be easily set up in a minute, and are customizable by key tactics, such as weight or length and quantity. A record of the competition is saved based on date, location, tournament name and participants – allowing anglers to prove their skills within a defined group or “community.”

“The GoFree Hooked app is the first of its kind – an app that gives anglers the ability to track their personal success and compete with others,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “With just a few simple taps, users can record, photograph and share their catch, and even set-up virtual competitions to challenge their friends anywhere in the world.”

The GoFree team is looking for a select set of keen anglers who are willing to beta test and provide feedback of the prerelease version of GoFree Hooked. Compatible with Apple iPhone 5, 5s, 6 and 6+ devices, users who are interested in the beta test can sign up at www.gofreehooked.com. GoFree Hooked will be available shortly from the Apple app store. For more information on GoFree or the entire line of Navico marine electronics, please contact 800-324-1356 (toll-free) in the USA or 800-661-3983 (toll-free) in Canada or visit www.gofreemarine.com orwww.gofreeshop.com.

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About GoFree: The GoFree brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. The GoFree brand encompasses map, apps, telematics and services that are available directly on the MFD and online. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

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Map & Win! With Insight Genesis

Jun 02, 2015

New Way to Win a Lowrance HDS-12 Gen2 Touch

Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957 — announced today additional prizes to be given away as part of the Insight Genesis® College Cup. Sponsored by Lowrance and GoFree, the Insight Genesis College Cup gives eligible college anglers the ability to win free Lowrance marine electronics. Each month, Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch fishfinder/chartplotter displays are awarded to anglers who capture and upload the most acres of sonar recordings to the online Insight Genesis map-making tool. In addition, the Grand Prize winner gets an all expenses-paid trip to the 2016 Bassmaster Classic or FLW Forrest Wood Cup, where the winner will represent Lowrance as an honorary Pro-Staffer.

The new Map & Win! portion of this competition gives all registered anglers who participate in the Bassmaster College Series or FLW College Fishing Series another chance to win an HDS-12 Gen2 Touch by following three steps:

  1. Competitors must record at least 100 acres of the tournament waters
  2. The Lowrance sonar recordings must be uploaded to the Insight Genesis website prior to the tournament start
  3. The competitor must win the Bassmaster or FLW college tournament for the lake on which the recording was submitted

Full eligibility details are available at the Insight Genesis College Cup website, www.collegecup.us. Insight Genesis and Lowrance support college anglers by providing the tools needed for success. All Insight Genesis College Cup participants receive a one-year Insight Genesis premium subscription, valued at $99; free training from company personnel; and an opportunity to outfit their college team boats with Lowrance electronics. In addition to the chance of winning great prizes, competitors who submit sonar recordings and use the Insight Genesis map-making tool are more likely to locate key fish-holding areas that other maps simply won’t reveal, which can be an advantage for quickly finding fish during a tournament. A GoFree cloud-enabled software service exclusive to the Navico family of brands of Lowrance, Simrad and B&G, Insight Genesis is an easy-to-use tool that allows boaters to open a free account, upload sonar recordings on a chartplotter display, and download up-to-date, personalized contour maps. For more information on the Lowrance line of marine electronics, or to locate an authorized Lowrance dealer, please visit www.lowrance.com. Full contest details are posted at www.collegecup.us.

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About Lowrance: The Lowrance® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc. A privately held, international corporation, Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

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Insight Genesis Now Supports Integration of Sonar Log Data with Navionics SonarCharts, ReefMaster and other Third-Party Mapping Solutions

Jun 02, 2015

New Mapping Service Enhancement Allows Users to Export GPX Formatted Files

Tulsa, Okla. – GoFree – the provider of digital content and services and part of the Navico family of marine electronics brands including Lowrance, Simrad and B&G – announced today the addition of GPX file export directly from the Insight Genesis™ map-making tool. This new feature allows consumers to create maps with third-party services such as Reefmaster, Navionics SonarCharts™ and others – using sonar log data exported as a GPX file from Insight Genesis.

Building on its open platform commitment, the new GoFree functionality allows boaters to integrate Insight Genesis generated sonar recordings with their choice of third-party hardware and software tools. Offering the ability to export position, date and depth data from .SLG, .SL2 and now .SL3, sonar recording formats to the universal .GPX file type, the new enhanced functionality allows for easy integration with popular third-party products. Combining the latest advancements in sonar and web technology for rapid data update as recording formats change, Insight Genesis ensures more accurate data output and consistent results when using proprietary and third-party software for analysis.

“Never before has the consumer been able to make a map from a Lowrance, Simrad or B&G chartplotter, then export that map data for use on any third-party chartplotter or charting software,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “No other marine electronics company is as committed as Navico to ensuring that all boaters have access to our cloud-based open-source platform, as well as the ability to access the most up-todate maps and charts.”

To export a GPX file, users simply upload a sonar recording to Insight Genesis using a FREE or Premium account either via SD card or directly from a wirelessly connected multifunction display. Once processing is complete, the new log file will appear in the user’s Insight Genesis dashboard with an option to export a GPX formatted file. Clicking on the GPX link offers the ability to open or save the file for use with products from Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and GoFree or other third-party products such as Reefmaster and Navionics SonarCharts.

A GoFree cloud-enabled software service exclusive to the Navico family of brands of Lowrance, Simrad and B&G, Insight Genesis is an easy-to-use tool that allows boaters to open a free account, upload sonar logs recorded on a multifunction display, and download up-to-date, personalized contour maps via PC or MFD.

For more information on Insight Genesis Social Map, GoFree or the entire line of Navico marine electronics, please contact 800-324-1356 (toll-free) in the USA or 800-661-3983 (toll-free) in Canada or visit www.gofreemarine.com or www.gofreeshop.com.

 

About GoFree: The GoFree brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. The GoFree brand encompasses map, apps, telematics and services that are available directly on the MFD and online. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide. www.navico.com

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