SOURCE: Malibu Boats

Malibu Boats

May 02, 2017 17:06 ET

Malibu Boats Settles Litigation With MasterCraft Boat Company

LOUDON, TN--(Marketwired - May 02, 2017) - Malibu Boats, LLC, the leading innovator and pioneer of modern wakesurfing technology, including the standard-setting Surf Gate system, today announced that it has settled the patent infringement cases brought by Malibu Boats against MasterCraft Boat Company, LLC before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Under the terms of the settlement, MasterCraft will make a one-time payment to Malibu Boats and will enter into a license agreement for the payment of future royalties for boats sold by MasterCraft using the licensed technology.

"We are pleased to conclude the litigation between our two industry leading companies," said Jack Springer, Chief Executive Officer of Malibu. "While both companies were steadfast in their position, we are satisfied that we have reached a reasonable outcome. This is a positive development for us and allows Malibu to focus on continuing growth and improvement." Mr. Springer continued, "As we continue to innovate and to build our valuable patent portfolio, we will continue to be aggressively focused on ensuring that industry participants recognize the value of our innovation and subsequent patents."

About Malibu Boats, Inc.

Malibu Boats is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of performance sport boats, with the #1 market share position in the United States since 2010. The Company has two brands of performance sport boats, Malibu and Axis Wake Research (Axis). Since inception in 1982, the Company has been a consistent innovator in the powerboat industry, designing products that appeal to an expanding range of recreational boaters and water sports enthusiasts whose passion for boating and water sports is a key aspect of their lifestyle.

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