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MasterCraft responds to Malibu lawsuit

MasterCraft issued a brief statement, saying it “strongly denies the allegations made in the lawsuit.”

In response to Malibu Boats’ patent-infringement lawsuit against MasterCraft Boat Co., MasterCraft issued a brief statement, saying it “strongly denies the allegations made in the lawsuit.”

Malibu Boats announced Tuesday it had filed a lawsuit against MasterCraft 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.

MasterCraft issued the following statement in response to the lawsuit:

“It is our general policy not to comment in detail on litigation matters. However, MasterCraft strongly denies the allegations made in the lawsuit filed by Malibu Boats LLC, on June 29, 2015. We do not believe that Malibu's claims have merit, and we intend to defend the company vigorously against these claims. MasterCraft is an award-winning leader in innovation, a fact our customers, dealers and industry know very well.”

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.

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