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Swix and Fischer reach an out of court settlement.

n 2010 Swix Sport launched its patent protected Triac Pole with the interchangeable Triac Basket System (TBS) and triangular pole shaft, allowing easy replacement of the basket in a few seconds. Triac and its basket system has been a big success for Swix Sport Group. In 2013 Fischer launched its Multi Tip System (MTS), also with an easy interchangeable basket solution. 

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Swix took Fischer to court in Norway in 2014, claiming that the Multi tip system constituted an infringement on the TBS patent. Oslo City Court found in favor of Fischer. Swix subsequently appealed the judgment.

Fischer and Swix have now settled out of court and found a good solution for both Parties rewarding Fischer a worldwide license for their Multi Tip basket system. The parties agree to continue their long time cooperation in all markets and also protect their interchangeable basket technology towards future possible infringements.

- It is always difficult to be in a legal disagreement with a close business partner. Fischer and Swix share distribution in many markets and our cooperation touches also other business areas, so we in Swix are very happy to settle and finding a business solution with Fischer, states Ulf Bjerknes, CEO of Swix Sport AS.

- We are very happy to have successfully resolved this case. We are looking forward to continue working with Swix, protecting our technologies and further developing our combined business projects, states Franz Föttinger CEO of Fischer Sports GmbH.

For more information;

CEO in Swix Sport AS, Ulf Bjerknes, can be reached by e-mail u.bjerknes@swixsport.no, or mobile phone +47 91320490

CEO in Fischer Sports GmbH, Franz Föttinger, can be reached by e-mail franz.foettinger@fischersports.com, or phone +43 7752 909 2313

The Swix Sport Group is the world's leading supplier of ski wax, under the brand names Swix and Toko. The company is also a market leader in ski poles, under the brand Swix, and a major player in sports textiles, under the brands Swix, Bavac, Ulvang and Lundhags. The holding company Swix Sport AS has its main operations in Oslo and Lillehammer, Norway. Ski poles are produced by a subsidiary in Lithuania. The Norwegian subsidiary Original AS is a leader in the team wear sector in Scandinavia, through the brands Kalas and Swix. All products are distributed through subsidiaries in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, USA and Japan. Sales to other markets are handled by distributors. Swix Sport AS is fully owned by Ferd AS.

About Fischer Sports GmbH:

Since it was founded in 1924 the Austrian company has been known for innovation and the latest technologies. Fischer Sports GmbH is a single-source supplier in the fields of Alpine and Nordic and also specialises in hockey. Fischer Sports is the global market leader in Nordic skiing and one of the world's largest ski producers. The headquarters are in Ried im Innkreis (Austria) and production facilities are located in Ried im Innkreis and Mukachevo (Ukraine). The group of companies also includes the successful subsidiary Löffler, likewise located in Ried im Innkreis.