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Fitbit Knocks Out Jawbone Patents at U.S. Trade Agency

May 6, 2016, 4:00 AM

Fitbit Inc. won a ruling that invalidated the last of the Jawbone Inc. patents that were the subject of a dispute at the U.S. International Trade Commission (In the Matter of Certain Activity Tracking Device Systems).

The ruling Thursday lessens the chance that Fitbit would face an import ban on bringing its fitness trackers, which are made overseas, into the U.S. It’s not completely out of the woods yet—ITC Judge Dee Lord is letting Jawbone pursue claims Fitbit stole important trade secrets.

The companies compete in the market for wearable fitness trackers, with Fitbit far in the lead. ...

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