Primus EtaSolo patent infringement lawsuit by Jetboil dismissed

United States District Court for the District of Delaware enters order for ‘dismissal-with-prejudice’
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RIVERTON, WYO. (May 5, 2011) – On March 31, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware entered an Order dismissing-with prejudice-the action captioned Jetboil, Inc. v. Fenix Outdoor AB et al… This lawsuit was brought by Jetboil to achieve the discontinuation of marketing and sales efforts of the Primus EtaSolo stove in the U.S.

Jetboil’s campaign against Primus was the result of the wealth of media platforms reporting on the introduction of the EtaSolo stove at the Outdoor Retailer-Summer Market trade show.

Shortly thereafter, Jetboil filed a complaint on August 3rd, 2010, alleging that Fenix Outdoor AB, Primus AB, Brunton Outdoor, Inc. and N.A. Gear LLC (collectively, Primus) infringed a number of U.S. Patents by making and selling the EtaSolo stove product.

“We are, of course, very happy with the outcome,” said John Smithbaker, president of the Brunton Outdoor Group. “Now we can get back to placing our full attention on what we do best: designing, marketing, and selling some of the finest camp stoves available anywhere.”

This past fall, Primus answered these allegations asserting both defenses and counterclaims that they did not infringe the asserted patents and that the patents-in-suit were invalid. Before discovery was even completed, Jetboil agreed to dismiss its complaint with prejudice, and Primus agreed to dismiss their counterclaims. Under the Court’s Order, Jetboil is barred from again bringing suit alleging that the EtaSolo product infringes any of the patents-in-suit.

The EtaSolo popularity is growing along with the entire PRIMUS Eta series of stoves. The dismissal’s success paves the way for the Primus EtaSolo to continue obtaining American market share without distraction and for the entire Primus ETA line to continue to develop and build on its reputation as the most advanced assortment of technical camping products on the market today.

Primus …..Where have you been?

ABOUT PRIMUS: An outdoor gear innovator for more than 100 years, Primus creates premium backcountry equipment for true outdoor enthusiasts. The Primus collection includes stoves, lanterns, cookware and headlamps. Primus is a member of the Brunton Outdoor Group, a family of cutting edge outdoor brands. For more information, please contact Scott Kaier at Pale Morning Media, scottk@madriver.com, 802.583.6070.

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