Malibu Boats files patent lawsuit against MasterCraft

Malibu Boats filed a lawsuit against MasterCraft Boat Co. for allegedly infringing on its Surf Gate patent.
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Malibu Boats filed a lawsuit against MasterCraft Boat Co. for allegedly infringing on its Surf Gate patent.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, alleges infringement of U.S. Patent No. 8,578,873 based on MasterCraft's Gen 2 Surf System and the NXT Surf System.

"Malibu is entitled to millions of dollars in compensation for MasterCraft's infringement and to an injunction precluding MasterCraft from selling boats or features that infringe Malibu's valuable intellectual property,” the complaint said.

In February, Malibu settled a patent lawsuit with Nautique Boat Co.

As part of that settlement, Nautique agreed to pay for past use and for a royalty-bearing license for future use of Malibu’s wakesurfing technology.

"We are proud of Malibu's revolutionary Surf Gate technology," Malibu Boats CEO Jack Springer said in a statement. "We intend to vigorously protect it."

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