Nike files lawsuit against Lululemon for patent infringement

Nike has accused Lululemon of patent infringement and has a filed a lawsuit against the athleisure brand for its distribution of its mirror home gym.

Nike is suing Lululemon for allegedly infringing six patents through the mirror device and the apps associated with its use.

The device allows users to compete with friends and other athletes, track their own athletic performance and keep track of specific fitness goals and aims.

Nike says that it has been developing and patenting devices that are able to determine a user’s speed, distance and calorie since 1983, including its Nike Run Club app.

“The patents in question are overly broad and invalid,” a Lululemon spokesperson told Business Insider.

READ MORE: Lululemon hits back at Peloton with its own lawsuit

“We are confident in our position and look forward to defending it in court.”

Nike outlined the list of patents that the exercise mirror uses in November however Lululemon hit back and said it “”respects intellectual property,” but added it “does not believe that Nike’s patents are relevant” to its mirror product.

The sportswear giant is seeking triple damages against Lululemon for “economic harm,” as well as an injunction preventing Lululemon from infringing on the patents.

The athleisure brand purchased the mirror device for around $500 million in July 2020.

The device’s prices start at $1,195 and offers users interactive workouts which include livestreams and on-demand classes for $39 a month, similar to rival Peloton’s controversial treadmill devices.

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