Jawbone Sues Fitbit Again, This Time for Patent Infringement
In late May, Jawbone filed its first lawsuit against Fitbit, alleging data theft by poached employees. Now Jawbone is suing again on patent grounds.Fitness and health band maker Jawbone is again suing its rival Fitbit—this time alleging patent infringement—just two weeks after filing suit against the company for data theft. The latest lawsuit alleges that Fitbit infringed on Jawbone patents and seeks an injunction to stop Fitbit sales, according to a June 10 report in The Wall Street Journal. The three-count, 164-page lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in the Northern District of California. In its suit, Jawbone alleges that Fitbit infringed on its 2013 patent for a "wellness application using data from a data-capable band" and has used the resulting technology in some of its own products, including Fitbit's Zip, One, Flex, Charge, Charge HR and Surge. Jawbone also alleges Fitbit infringements of patents for a "system for detecting, monitoring and reporting an individual's physiological or contextual status" and for a patent for a "system for monitoring and managing body weight and other physiological conditions, including iterative and personalized planning, intervention and reporting capability," according to the lawsuit.
This second lawsuit comes at a pivotal time for Fitbit, which earlier in May filed for an initial public offering. The company has been in the business of creating and selling a full line of health-tracking and fitness bands since 2007.In late May, Jawbone filed its first lawsuit against Fitbit that alleges that the company hired away some Jawbone employees who then took confidential corporate information with them to their new jobs. The lawsuit, also filed in California State Court in San Francisco, alleged that Fitbit was stealing workers, trade secrets and intellectual property from Jawbone. Jawbone sells its line of Up Move, Up2 and Up3 fitness trackers, as well as Jambox wireless speakers and headsets. Its latest Up4 fitness tracker also includes a built-in American Express electronic payments system.