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Saris Files Patent Infringement Suit

Published March 21, 2011

MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—Saris Cycling Group has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Giant Bicycle.

Saris alleges in court documents that its “’607 Patent” entitled "Variable Magnet Resistance Unit for an Exercise Device" was infringed upon by “Giant’s competing Cyclotron bicycle trainer, among possibly other products with the same features…

“It is believed that Giant will continue to offer for sale and sell bicycle trainers that infringe one or more claims of the ‘607 Patent unless enjoined from doing so,” the court documents stated.

Saris is seeking monetary damages for Giant’s infringement of the ‘607 Patent, which was issued on March 14, 2006.

Giant issued a statement in regards to this lawsuit.

"Giant has a policy of respecting the intellectual property of others," the statement said. "An investigation of the patent was done and we were advised that the Giant trainer does not infringe. Therefore, Giant will fight these allegations and is confident that it will prevail. Giant stands behind its products and assures our customers that they can continue to sell Giant brand products with confidence."

Saris declined to comment regarding this lawsuit.

—Jason Norman
jnorman@bicycleretailer.com

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