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IBEX turnout could top 7,000

Organizers expect a record number of marine industry professionals — more than 7,000 — to attend the Oct. 4-6 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference this year in Tampa, Fla.

ITC says Garmin circumvented order

A patent infringement case between electronics manufacturers Garmin and Navico continued to play out in September as the U.S. International Trade Commission issued two strongly worded public opinions making it clear that it was ruling in favor of Navico.

Some boat companies split their fleets. Smaller boats go to the convention center, and the big models are berthed at the Bahia Mar.

$100M a day in direct sales

It’s known as the boat show where people come to buy — and as such, the 57th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is stepping up its sophistication factor this year to accommodate the droves of people who come not just to browse, but also to close on a new boat.

Fountain is one of four once-thriving lines Iconic Marine Group is hoping to reinvigorate. It won’t be easy, says chief operating officer Joe Curran, but the new owners are confident they will prevail, citing the strong retail following of each of the brands.

Iconic brands getting a much-needed rescue

Joe Curran is a West Side of Chicago kind of guy. He says this is the background that will give him the stamina and guts necessary for Iconic Marine Group — the company that quietly purchased all four brands of Baja Marine LLC in May — to bring the iconic brands back to their glory.

ITC rules for Navico in patent dispute

The U.S. International Trade Commission denied a request by Garmin — which Garmin had sought until a federal judge could hear the company’s appeal — that would have allowed Garmin to continue importing technology the commission found to infringe on a competitor’s patent until arguments were heard.

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