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Fitbit Triumphs In First Round Of Jawbone Court Case

Fitness wearables specialist Fitbit has today emerged clear of allegations that it used trade secrets stolen from rival Jawbone in its products.

A judge ruled that “no party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret,” with the redacted ruling to be made public in a matter of days.

The case was brought forth in 2015 when Jawbone alleged that Fitbit had recruited key employees based on their access to confidential product info. 

A Jawbone spokeperson told ChannelNews “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 because of the limited jurisdiction of the ITC. Jawbone is continuing to pursue its much broader trade secret case against Fitbit, which is headed to a jury trial in California state court.   The California court already has granted a preliminary injunction and rejected Fitbit’s efforts to dismiss the case.  Jawbone is confident it will prevail when the full scope of its claims is heard by the jury.”

In comparison, Fitbit was pleased with the verdict, with the company’s co-founder and CEO James Park saying that “From the outset of this litigation, we have maintained 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.”

A final decision in the case is scheduled for December.


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