Active-lifestyle hydration brand Hydrapak has announced that the United States Federal Appellate Court has affirmed its victory over Source Vagabond Systems in a 2011 patent-infringement lawsuit.
In a one-word ruling, the court “affirmed” the decision made in April 2012 by the US District Court Judge Colleen McMahon, which dismissed Source Vagabond’s claims of patent infringement.
According to Hydrapak: "In a related decision, the Hon. Judge James L. Cott recommended a sanction amount of $187,000 in the favor of Hydrapak for the frivolous filing of the lower court case. This recommendation now goes to Judge McMahon for her ruling."
Hydrapak president Matt Lyone said: “Once again, the courts have validated the integrity of our work. We are thrilled to move forward from this chapter and continue to create superior hydration systems.”
Source Vagabond’s 2011 lawsuit contended that the top closure system used in Hydrapak’s Reversible Reservoir II infringed upon Source Vagabond’s patent.
Hydrapak added: "Even before the suit was dismissed last April, Hydrapak was awarded its own patent on its unique and novel closure method – a tacit acknowledgment of the company’s pioneering design and intellectual property."