The total amount of damages and interest that Browning Manufacturing must pay for infringing on a patent for a compound bow is $2,587,426, according to a ruling by U.S. District Senior Judge Aldon J. Anderson.
Two years ago, Anderson ruled that Browning, based in Mountain Green, Morgan County, infringed on a patented wheel-like device for a compound bow. The bow was invented by Allen Archery in the late 1960s, and the patent has since expired.Recently, Anderson's finding was upheld by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. At the time of the ruling, he ordered Browning to pay $2.3 million.
The amount broke down to $1,629,714 in damages and $670,286 in interest up until the time of the first ruling. Because of the delay in the appeals court, the amount has grown by an additional $287,426 in interest, according to a ruling Anderson signed Thursday.
Last month, Browning Manufacturing Co. spokesman Paul Thompson said Browning will not have trouble paying, because it set aside money in an escrow account. Browning attorney Thomas Rossa said the amount might be challenged in an appeal also, possibly delaying payment by another year or 18 months.