ProSlide Technology Inc., the industry leader in water ride design and manufacturing, successfully enforced its patent rights in the United States. On November 9, 2023, a jury in Florida, USA found that WhiteWater West Industries Ltd. infringed patents owned by ProSlide for its innovative product, the FlyingSAUCER®, and for its non-commercialized ORBIT® technology, by offering similar products for sale in the United States. The jury also confirmed the validity of all of ProSlide’s patents.
Rick Hunter, ProSlide President & CEO says, “We are very pleased with the jury’s ruling in this case. At ProSlide, we understand the importance of protecting the investment that we make when developing new products by filing and defending patents. The FlyingSAUCER has revolutionized what a water ride experience could be and is unlike anything that was available prior to its introduction to the market.” In this case, the jury ruled specifically that WhiteWater’s Tailspin and Orbiter willfully infringed ProSlide’s U.S. Patent No. 10,702,783.
The jury also found that WhiteWater’s AquaSphere infringed ProSlide’s U.S. Patent No. 9,079,111. In response to this, Hunter said, “We are happy that the jury ruled that our patents are valid, providing ProSlide with assurance that our innovative designs are protected in the U.S. market from being replicated. The water park industry has been confused in recent years about WhiteWater’s infringing Tailspin and Orbiter products. The jury clearly called out the willful infringement.”
The FlyingSAUCER was first introduced to the water park industry in 2015 with the opening of Singha at Siam Park, Tenerife, Spain. The ride won the IAAPA Brass Ring Award for Best New Water Ride of the year. As the industry leader in water ride design and manufacturing, ProSlide has led the market in water ride innovation and technology for over 35 years including 16 IAAPA First-place Best New Water Ride awards in the last 20 years and 4 IAAPA IMPACT Awards.