Ever since Dynafit’s exclusive patent on their pin binding system expired, a multitude of options has fought for top tech-binding billing.
In the past year, most retailers would argue that Marker’s ‘Kingpin’ became the proverbial ‘king of the hill’ as the best tech binding available but according to a recent report by Powder Magazine, their reign be over just as quickly as it began.
“Despite the fact that Defendants have had actual knowledge of Plaintiff’s patent rights, Defendants have acted deliberately and in disregard of the ’728 Patent, and with objective recklessness, by infringing the ’728 Patent, through Defendants’ continued manufacture, use, sale, or offer for sale in the United States of the Marker Kingpin bindings.” – Amended Complaint, Demand For Jury Trail
A recent lawsuit filed by G3 contends that Marker is in violation of G3’s ’728 Patent which states that part of the heel system that Marker illegally employs is a patented system that G3 created. Legal documents show that while Marker has conceded to have at least violated part of the patent’s initial claim that can be found here, they will continue to question their violation of two other patent claims that G3 has listed in their complaint.
Perhaps the biggest sign that this suit has merit is the fact that Marker has since stopped selling their Kingpin binding on their website. In the coming months, a court will determine how long the revolutionary ski binding stay off the market.
Find the entire legal filing here: G3 Vs. Marker Amended Complaint