For the hunters out there who enjoy both Leupold and Bushnell products, you’ll be happy to know you won’t be seeing either one drop their laser rangefinder products.

In February, Leupold sued Bushnell in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon for infringement of Leupold’s U.S. Patent relating to its True Ballistic Range technology for laser rangefinders.

Bushnell, apparently feeling as though they were ahead in that game, turned around and subsequently sued Leupold in Kansas for patent infringement.

Both companies, in a we said, they said argument, denied any infringement claims.

While the court system, as speedy as it is, held everyone in wait in anticipation of what the outcome would be, Bushnell and Leupold lawyers decided to sit down and do some talking.

What came out of it was a decision to dismiss their lawsuits as part of a confidential settlement that amicably resolves the claims of both parties. Under the terms of the agreement, according to a Leupold statement, neither company will be required to discontinue the sale of any of its products identified in the suits.

“Leupold & Stevens is happy with the settlement and looks forward to refocusing its energies on R&D and important new product developments,” said Andy York in a prepared statement. York is vice president of sales, marketing and technology for Leupold.

The good news for those who don’t care about secret settlements and lawsuits is that quality products are going to remain on the market, both at the Bushnell price range and that of Leupold.

Anytime strong competition survives in the hunting accessories market, it’s hunters who are the winner.

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