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First Name: Ray
My RZR: 2012 RZR 570
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Re: Arctic Cat 50" lawsuit
Hmmm...an interesting development for sure. The way I see this is Polaris has spent a ton of money on R&D and like any smart business will do, they have applied for patents to protect their investment. Put yourselves in their shoes, you spend millions on development and then someone else just takes your design and tweaks it a little and starts to compete against you. Without all the R&D costs to recoup, they can bring a product to market for less money. Sound like a problem that is hurting North American business and costing us jobs? Look no further than China. Same problem.
Now lets look at the down side for us, the consumer. If it's OK for one company to steal anothers idea, make it look a little fresh, call it "new" and get away with that, wheres the incentive for companies like Polaris or anyone else for that matter to be innovators? Instead of bringing new and better technology and ideas to market it would be more cost effective to just freshen up the same old ideas. I know the side by side wasn't a new idea when Polaris brought out the RZR, but they perfected it and they want to protect the investment they put into doing that. If all they did was add some new plastics to what was already was out there, all we would have right now is a bunch of slow noisy utility vehicles with nicer body panels crawling around farms. I would love to see this battle won on the trails instead of a courtroom, however the only way for the consumer to truly be the winner here is for all manufacturers to play by the rules. When other manufacturers develop new and innovative ideas to top what else is out there we all win. If they all they do is add fluff to what already exists, the market will stagnate. Go Polaris!!
2012 RZR 570, 1/2 windshield, Aluminum Roof, Rear Panel, 3500 lb winch, RZR LE aluminum wheels, Pure Polaris 60" plow,
2012 RAM 2500, Yeah it's got a Hemi