Polaris Sues Arctic Cat Over Patent

Polaris sues Arctic Cat over side-by-side UTV patent
The next stop in the race for trail compliant vehicle supremacy may be a courtroom as Polaris is accusing Arctic Cat of patent infringement.

Polaris says they’re protecting their design.  It may also be an effort to protect their ownership of the trail-compliant UTV category they essentially created with 2007 introduction of the RZR, referred to in Polaris’ complaint as, “the industry’s only trail capable side-by-side.”

Design makes the difference for trail legality

While early side-by-side off-road vehicle designs had the engine set between the seats, Polaris created a design that mounted the engine behind the seats.  The result was a vehicle that met the guidelines for trail riding; 50 inches wide and under 1000 pounds.

Polaris Sues Arctic Cat Polaris RZR 570 EPS
Polaris Sues Arctic Cat over patent Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail XT

What do YOU think?


About the Author: This article was written by R.J. Foster, Owner of Wordsmithing by Foster LLC, a Wisconsin-based business dedicated to helping people and businesses share their message more clearly, and more effectively.

2 thoughts on “Polaris Sues Arctic Cat Over Patent”

  • It will be interesting to see if this sticks in court. Have not seen any Wildcat Trails hit dealers yet, so it may be held up until court decides.

    • JMStickney of GearUp2Go March 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

      Agreed. It seems like a bit of a stretch to me that it will hold up in the courts but I guess we'll see.

Leave a Reply