Bloomberg Law
July 22, 2019, 9:18 PM

Philips Says Garmin, Fitbit Infringe Health Tracking Patents

Blake Brittain
Blake Brittain

Fitbit’s and Garmin‘s health tracking technologies infringe four patents owned by Philips North America LLC, two July 22 complaints say.

The companies’ smartphone applications infringe Philips’s exercise and medical data tracking patents when they connect to wearable fitness trackers, the complaints say.

Philips owns U.S. Patent Nos. 6,013,007; 7,088,233; 8,277,377; and 6,976,958. The ‘007 patent covers providing performance data to an athlete and making real-time recommendations to the athlete on meeting their goals. The ‘377 and ‘958 patents also cover monitoring exercise data using network functionality. The ‘233 patent covers monitoring vital signs on a fitness tracking device ...