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Bad Boy Mowers Sharpens Blade in Patent Lawsuit

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Bad Boy Mowers of Batesville has hauled its cross-town competitor into court over allegations that it’s infringing on a Bad Boy patent for lawnmowers.

The case against Spartan Mowers LLC of Batesville, however, is anything but straightforward.

See, the founder of Spartan Mowers is Robert Foster, who until November 2013 was a shareholder of Bad Boy, which manufactures and sells residential and commercial grade zero turn mowers and has for many years. Foster sold all of his shares to Bad Boy almost three years ago.

And it was Foster who invented and received the patent for the “Independent Four Wheel Vibration Damping System for Riding Mowers,” according to Bad Boy’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Batesville.

Bad Boy’s lawsuit said, however, that Foster had “assigned all rights, title, and interest in the patent” to Bad Boy.

Bad Boy has accused Spartan, which was incorporated in November 2015, of “making, using, selling, and/or offering for sale mowers that infringe” on the patent.

Spartan’s website says that Foster “literally built the Spartan from the ground up starting with soft steel belted radial tires. It didn’t come easy. It took countless hours, mistakes made and learned from, research, and more research.”

Bad Boy wants a judge to say that its patent is valid and enforceable. And it is seeking an unspecified amount of damages against Spartan.

Officials at Spartan, located at 1 Bad Boy Blvd. in Batesville, didn’t immediately return an email for comment.

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