Switch Manufacturing has settled all claims of patent infringement with regard to the Switch Autolock Step-in Binding system which were alleged by Mark Raines, Gregory Deeney and Preston Binding company. Switch also settled the counterclaim it maintained against Ride, Inc.
The claims and counterclaims have been dismissed with prejudice without any liability to any party and the dispute has been settled on terms acceptable to both sides. “We are pleased with the outcome,” says Erik Anderson, president of Switch. “We are happy to put this behind us and will continue to create and produce products that improve and further the snowboard industry.”
Switch was founded in 1992 by Jeff Sand, an avid snowboarder and engineer, and Erik Anderson, a product designer with more than twelve years experience. Since its inception in 1992, the company has grown to become a worldwide brand with various boot licensees including Vans, Northwave, and Flexible, as well as Nike ACG. Vans acquired Switch Manufacturing in July, 1998.