Beatrice lawn mower maker Exmark Manufacturing sued Briggs & Stratton Power Products Group and Schiller Grounds Care Inc. Wednesday alleging their mowers infringe on its patents.
The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Omaha sought an injunction against Briggs, a Wisconsin company, and Schiller, a Pennsylvania company, both alleged to be making and selling mowers covered by an Exmark patent.
The patent at issue covers multiblade mowers equipped with baffles between blades that allow the mower to be converted from a mulching to a side-discharge mower.
Exmark's attorney, Jill Robb Ackerman of Omaha, said in the suit that the infringing mowers include those sold under the names: Snapper Pro S200X, Ferris Comfort Control DD, mowers with the Briggs' iCD Cutting Systems, all made by Briggs; and Bob-Cat FastCat Pro and Hydro Walk-Behind, made by Schiller.
Exmark has been damaged by the infringement and will continue to be until it is stopped, she said.
John Wright, a spokesman for Exmark’s parent company, Toro, said the company does not coment on pending litigation. However, he said that the company will “vigorously defend” its intellectual property.
Exmark, which has been in business in Gage County since 1982, manufactures professional turf care equipment including lawn mowers and lawn mower parts. It is a unit of the Toro Co.
A spokeswoman for Milwaukee-based Briggs & Stratton did not immediately respond to a message left Thursday morning.
On the Net:
Exmark Manufacturing: http://www.exmark.com
Toro Co.: http://www.thetorocompany.com
Briggs & Stratton Corp.: http://www.briggsandstratton.com