Jawbone widens its authorized claims towards Fitbit
Jawbone is not holding again in its lawsuit marketing campaign towards Fitbit over purported company espionage… if something, it is ramping issues up. The corporate tells us that it filed a movement to widen its grievance towards Fitbit after the courtroom-ordered forensic course of revealed that issues have been worse than initially thought. It names a brand new defendant, Jing Qi Weiden, who jumped ship from Jawbone to Fitbit and allegedly emailed her former employer’s secret knowledge to her Fitbit work account quickly afterward. She (and her fellow defendants) successfully handed over Jawbone’s product roadmap on a silver platter, for those who consider the accusations.
The up to date lawsuit additionally clarifies the fees and factors out simply how widespread the claimed theft actually was. The place Jawbone first accused its ex-employees of swiping 18,000 information, the invention course of means that they took “at the least” 335,191 information. Jawbone says that the information embrace every thing from schematics by means of to manufacturing costs and schedules. New Fitbit gear like the Alta supposedly incorporates stolen Jawbone tech. With that stated, it isn’t clear how most of the new information truly include delicate information — Jawbone required that Weiden keep a backup containing all these additional information, and lots of of them could also be irrelevant to the case.
Fitbit is not having any of this. It tells us that the amended grievance is an act of “desperation” in response to each its losses on the Worldwide Commerce Fee and poor aggressive efficiency. You possibly can learn the complete assertion under. Not that this was totally shocking. Fitbit took its personal authorized motion towards Jawbone in September, and it has lengthy contended that Jawbone was making an attempt to compensate for being an additionally-ran within the exercise tracker world. You will in all probability solely see one aspect give in when there isn’t any different selection, and that possible will not occur for some time but.
“Jawbone’s newest try and convey further baseless commerce secret claims comes on the heels of it struggling one other defeat in its equally meritless patent litigation towards Fitbit on the ITC. Lately, the ITC decide dominated that two of Jawbone’s patents are ineligible underneath case regulation settled by the U.S. Supreme Courtroom, and solely two of its unique six patents stay at situation in that case. We consider Jawbone’s newest request to file yet one more amended grievance signifies desperation resulting from its lack of ability to compete out there and its setbacks on the ITC. Identical to the opposite claims asserted on this litigation, the extra claims Jawbone seeks to say are unsubstantiated and based mostly on gross mischaracterizations of the occasions that occurred months in the past.”