Jawbone Has Another Go At FitBit Despite Record Sales In OZ
This time Jawbone has filed another legal action against rival fitness tracker company Fitbit – the third in two months.
The newest complaint filed with the International Trade Commission comes three weeks after Fitbit’s IPO and seeks to block the company from importing fitness trackers or their parts.
In May and June lawsuits, Jawbone claimed that Fitbit stole trade secrets by hiring away Jawbone employees who allegedly swiped information, and infringed on patents by creating products that Jawbone claimed copy its devices.
This new ITC claim, which was mentioned as forthcoming in one of the previous suits, seeks a ruling on those charges within 15 months, and a cease-and-desist order, which could potentially come before then. So this lawsuit could move quicker than the other two cases, one filed in San Francisco Superior Court, another in U.S. District Court. The new case could also have a significant impact on Fitbit’s business by blocking the imports of its parts and products.
Jawbone has pushed the trio of legal actions at Fitbit as its rival launched its initial public offering in mid-June. Fitbit’s stock has doubled since the IPO pricing, and was at around $42 on Wednesday.
Fitbit denied either charge in May and June and vowed to defend itself from Jawbone’s lawsuits. Fitbit said in a statement that it “plans to defend itself vigorously against all allegations made in the complaint to the International Trade Commission.”