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ICON Health & Fitness Wins Appeal in Lawsuit With Nautilus Group

LOGAN, UT — In the back-and-forth volleys of its court case with Nautilus, ICON Health & Fitness has returned the former's latest legal win with an appeal victory of its own as the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. stayed the injunction issued by the U.S. District Court in Seattle last month.

The injunction, which would have prevented ICON from using the mark “CrossBow by Weider” on exercise equipment, was issued by the lower court, in response to a lawsuit filed by the Nautilus Group, makers of Bowflex strength training products.

“Currently, while we await further word from the court, there is no longer an injunction against ICON,” said Brad Bearnson, ICON's general counsel. “ICON will continue to sell the same quality product under the CrossBow by Weider name.”

Bearnson also noted that in May of 2003, ICON prevailed against Nautilus' attempts to convince this same lower court that ICON's product literally infringes the Nautilus patents.

“As a consumer-centric company, we strive to develop quality products that help people lead a healthy lifestyle. When we set out to develop the CrossBow by Weider, we wanted to create an innovative strength product to help people burn calories, build muscle and get fit,” Bearnson said. “We believe in the legal process. We are pleased with the court's ruling and have always been confident in our position.”

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