Fitbit wins patent case of competitor Jawbone

May

1

2016

Fitbit has won a US lawsuit Jawbone which the latter claimed that its patents were infringed. The judge did not go into them here, making Fitbit may continue to sell its products.

Bloomberg reported first on the case, which was filed with the International Trade Commission. This American organization may include imposing an import ban, making it harder to sell products in the United States. Jawbone had filed the case because the company found that its patents were infringed. These were, inter alia, to monitor sleep and activity rhythms.

The court, however, the two patents invalid. The patents include Jawbone would “seek a monopoly on the monitoring of sleep and collect other health data. The patents contain no new concepts, because the collection of such data previously been performed by people. That is now used computer technology is not new enough for a valid patent, the judge said. The company has already indicated to counteract the verdict.

With the win, Fitbit is not yet out of trouble, because the patent dispute was only one of the legal charges. Jawbone namely also claims its competitor has stolen sensitive information. Former employees of Jawbone would be hired by Fitbit, after which they gave price trade secrets, reads the indictment. This case serves on May 9 in a court in Washington.

Fitbit is a major player in the market for wearables and fitness trackers. Earlier this year, came to the company with the Alta, a bracelet with OLED screen that can measure sleep and fitness information and has a battery life of about five days.

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