Press Release February 11, 2021

Garmin Prevails in Philips Patent Dispute

Alston & Bird client Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., secured a significant victory at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), where an administrative law judge ruled in favor of Garmin in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Philips North America LLC and Koninklijke Philips NV. 

In ruling in favor of Garmin, Judge Dee Lord found that the company’s wearable devices do not infringe two Philips patents. Two other Philips patents had been removed from the case before the ruling.

Judge Lord also found that the patent claims asserted by Philips were ineligible for patenting and that one of the claims was invalid as anticipated by prior art. She also determined that Philips had not demonstrated a domestic industry for one of the patents.

Representing Garmin before the ITC is an Alston & Bird team led by partners Kirk Bradley and Scott Stevens and associates Ravi Fernando and Karlee Wroblewski of the firm’s Patent Litigation and ITC Section 337 practices.

The case is In the Matter of Certain Wearable Monitoring Devices, Systems, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-1190, before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

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Alex Wolfe
Communications Director

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