Fitbit to clear final round in Jawbone Trade Secrets Case

jawbone, fitbitReportedly, Fitbit Inc. had cleared the first round of legal challenge by rival Jawbone Inc. that threatened its ability to sell its activity trackers in the US.

As per U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Judge Dee Lord, "No party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret."

Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park stated that, "Jawbone's allegations were utterly without merit and nothing more than a desperate attempt by Jawbone to disrupt Fitbit's momentum to compensate for their own lack of success in the market".

On Tuesday, Administrative Law Judge Dee Lord said that “no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret”. Fitbit said it was “pleased” by the ruling against what it called a “desperate” competitor, while Jawbone said it planned to appeal.

Earlier, Jawbone sued both Fitbit and its manufacturing partner Flextronics for six counts of patent infringement, allegations which was rejected by the ITC. A counter-suit by Fitbit against Jawbone had also been terminated by a judge in July.

As per the Jawbone’s statement, the dispute is not over yet, "We intend to seek review of today's ruling before the full Commission. The case in the ITC involved a very small subset of Jawbone's trade secrets asserted against Flextronics and Fitbit."

Furthermore, Jawbone is also chasing a separate trade-secrets case against Fitbit in California state court.

(Credits: Businessinsider)


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