Hydrapak announced that the United States Federal Appellate Court affirmed its victory over Source Vagabond Systems in a 2011 patent-infringement lawsuit.
In a one-word ruling, the court affirmed the decision made in April 2012 by the U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon, which dismissed Source Vagabonds claims of patent infringement.
In a related decision, the Hon. Judge James L. Cott recommended a sanction amount of $187,000 in the favor of Hydrapak for the frivolous filing of the lower court case. This recommendation now goes to Judge McMahon for her ruling.
Once again, the courts have validated the integrity of our work, said Matt Lyon, President of Hydrapak. We are thrilled to move forward from this chapter and continue to create superior hydration systems.
Source Vagabonds 2011 lawsuit contended that the top closure system used in Hydrapaks Reversible Reservoir II infringed upon Source Vagabonds patent.
Even before the suit was dismissed last April,  Hydrapak was awarded its own patent on its unique and novel closure method-a tacit acknowledgment of the companys pioneering design and intellectual property.
Hydrapak was founded in 2001 to satisfy the growing demand from athletes for hands-free personal hydration systems. Hydrapak produces a lineup of custom-built hydration backpacks, reservoirs, and bottles for a variety of sports, including biking, hiking and running.  Hydrapak is also an OEM for top manufacturers specializing in consumer, commercial and military purposes.