Bushnell Outdoor Products, Inc. has settled a patent dispute with respect to its patented RainGuard®\ lens coating technology (U.S. Patent numbers 6,906,862, 6,816,310 and 6,542,302) with Leica Camera AG. Leica Cameras AG is a global company manufacturing high end cameras, lenses and sport optic products and has developed its own AquaDura coating.
RainGuard is permanent, hydrophobic (water-repellant) lens coating that prevents fogging by causing condensation from rain, sleet, snow or even your breath to bead up into much smaller droplets than on standard coatings. Smaller droplets scatter less light which results in a clearer, brighter view. The coating is available on Bushnell binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes and other premium optics.
Leica Camera AG has independently developed its own lens coating technology well known under the Trademark “AquaDura”, that has the same characteristics as RainGuard. The AquaDura coating is available on Leica Camera AG Products.
The parties now cooperate in this respect. Leica Camera AG is now additionally entitled to use its technology on spotting scopes products.
“We are pleased to announce that we have come to a common agreement in a professional manner. With our strong brands we will continue to work independently in the future,”said Rudolf Spiller, CEO of Leica Camera AG. Specific terms of the agreement were not disclosed.