Settlement Reached in Patent Infringement Lawsuit

RACINE, Wis., Jan. 10, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Johnson Outdoors Inc, (Nasdaq:JOUT) and Johnson Outdoors Marine Electronics, Inc., and Navico, Inc. are pleased to announce they have resolved their dispute relating to Johnson Outdoors’ patented Humminbird® Side Imaging® sonar technology and Navico’s StructureScan accessory to its displays. As result of the settlement, the case has been dismissed. The companies have mutually agreed that the terms of the out-of-court settlement will remain confidential. 

ABOUT JOHNSON OUTDOORS INC.

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that turns ideas into adventure with innovative, top-quality products.  The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Marine Electronics, Diving and Outdoor Equipment.  Johnson Outdoors’ familiar brands include, among others: Old Town® canoes and kayaks; Ocean Kayak and Necky® kayaks; Carlisle® paddles; Extrasport® personal flotation devices; Minn Kota® motors; Cannon® downriggers; Humminbird® fishfinders; Lake Master® electronic charts; Geonav® marine electronics; SCUBAPRO® and SUBGEAR® dive equipment; Silva® compasses; Tech4O® digital instruments; and Eureka!® tents. 

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CONTACT: At Johnson Outdoors Inc.          Cynthia Georgeson          VP - Worldwide Communication          262-631-6600

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