Immersion Settles Year Long Lawsuit with Fitbit

July 11, 2018  Source: MobiHealthNews 131

San Jose-based Immersion announced in a statement that it has settled its dispute with Fitbit more or less a year after filing a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. However, the two companies have not disclosed their terms of settlement and license agreement.

The rift between the two occurred when Immersion raised a concern with the haptic feedback technology used in various generations of Fitbit’s activity trackers. It took Fitbit and its Chinese distributor Runtong to court and demanded "to immediately and permanently stop manufacturing, using, selling, offering for sale, or importing infringing Fitbit devices in both the US and China; as well as compensate damages to Immersion for the harm the infringement has inflicted.”

Immersion VEO Victor Viegas said in a statement released a year ago that his company was “disappointed that Fitbit rejected our numerous attempts to negotiate a reasonable license for Fitbit’s products, but it is imperative that we protect our intellectual property both within the US and through the distribution chain in China.”

A Fitbit spokesperson commented that Immersion’s suit had “no merit”.

Pertaining to patent cases, it is evident that Fitbit has had its fair share of lawsuits filed against it. The suit filed by Immersion specifies three patents on haptic technologies belonging to Immersion. The company also had legal conflicts with firms like Jawbone and Valencell over theft of trade secrets and patents related to heart rate tracking respectively. It has also faced class action suits alleging dodgy inaccuracy of both its heart rate and sleep tracking features.

By Ddu
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