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DD Sues Snowdogg / Buyers....

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Triple L, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Triple L

    Triple L PlowSite Fanatic
    from Canada
    Messages: 6,078

    I found this on another site, thanks to basher...

    October 19, 2010
    Douglas Dynamics, LLC v Buyers Products Company
    Western District of Wisconsin Jury Trial Verdict
    Milwaukee, WI – On October 14 and 15, 2010 a jury in the Western District of
    Wisconsin entered a verdict of patent infringement against Buyers Products
    Company for their manufacture, use, sale and offer for sale of the entire series
    SnowDogg® line of snowplows. The same jury also awarded Douglas Dynamics, LLC
    damages for Buyers Products Company’s infringement of U.S. Patents. Additionally,
    all patents asserted by Douglas Dynamics withstood each challenge to validity.
    Douglas has further informed the Court of its intent to seek a permanent injunction
    against Buyers’ manufacture, use, sale or offer for sale of infringing products.
    Mr. Jim Janik, President of Douglas Dynamics, LLC stated that “Douglas considers its
    intellectual property a valuable asset and will diligently and continuously work to
    research and identify potential infringement of any intellectual property by
    competitors, during this current enforcement action and beyond”.
    Douglas Dynamics (NYSE: PLOW) headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the
    leading manufacturer of snowplows for four-wheel drive pickup trucks and sport utility
    vehicles. Its snow and ice control products are manufactured in two locations in the
    United States – Milwaukee, WI, and Rockland, ME and are sold under the
    BLIZZARD®, FISHER®, and WESTERN® brand names.
    # # # # #
    MAIL: P.O. Box 245038, Milwaukee WI 53224-9538
    SHIP: 7777 N. 73rd Street, Milwaukee WI 53223
    PHONE: 414-354-2310 FAX: 414-354-8448
  2. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    Wonder what will happen to SnowDoggs now?
  3. badabing1512

    badabing1512 Senior Member
    Messages: 370

    interesting, subscribed
  4. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    I doubt much will come of it to be honest....
  5. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

    I imagine they will have a response:popcorn:
  6. cubanb343

    cubanb343 Senior Member
    from ERIE
    Messages: 637

    I hope this gets interesting!
  7. TCLA

    TCLA 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,707

    It's always easier to copy/edit, than it is to create.
  8. toby4492

    toby4492 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,513

  9. Pushin 2 Please

    Pushin 2 Please PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,582

  10. Jim@esitrucks

    Jim@esitrucks Inactive
    Messages: 1,124

    Other than the wideout/ xp...I dont see much similar in the plows to be honest....
  11. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    It's all about trying to squash the competition, that's just how they roll. :gunsfiring:
  12. Pristine PM ltd

    Pristine PM ltd PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,891

    Even with their 810 version, it is different enough.
  13. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    I'm sure Snowdogg will appeal
  14. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    well and lets be honest here, Buyers is a pretty large company, it is going to be interesting how this plays out
  15. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    just looking at the XP it has a lot of westerns features on it. the channel that holds the wing is identicle to the wideout and they also have the torsion bar on the xp which western uses on multiple plows im sure there are probobly more that i didnt notice... thats just from what i saw. so i can see how there would be copyright infringement
  16. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Yes but there are minor changes you can make to a design and not infring on a copyright/patent.

    I'm with Buckwheat- Snowdogg has plenty of money to throw around, I guarantee its fought
  17. vt properties

    vt properties Senior Member
    from vermont
    Messages: 194

    What was the issue for the infringment??
  18. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    Probably that they are chain lift plows, funny how they don't care about the spreaders....
  19. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,993

  20. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,281

    This makes no sense, if they are suing buyers for these then why aren't they suing everyone else?