Court Rules for Icon In Nautilus Patent Suit

Law360, New York (October 10, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Fitness equipment maker Nautilus Inc. was dealt a setback in its patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Icon Health and Fitness Inc.

The U.S. Federal District Court for Western Washington granted Icon's motion for summary judgment of noninfringement under the doctrine of equivalents, the company said in a statement.

The doctrine is one of the last remaining standards under which Nautilus had hoped to bar Icon from marketing its fitness equipment, branded as Crossbow. Nautilus makes a similar machine marketed as the Bowflex.

An earlier court decision denied...
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