Bloomberg reports this morning that Icon Health & Fitness, the parent company of NordicTrack, has filed a lawsuit against Peloton for patent infringement.
Logan, Utah-based Icon filed a lawsuit in Delaware federal court that is built around patent infringement claims for two features Peloton added to an exercise bike released in September: a swiveling touchscreen and the ability for the bike to automatically change resistance levels during classes.
In the lawsuit, Icon claims that it was issued a patent for the resistance level feature, which Peloton calls Auto-Follow, in 2007 and a second issued last year that allows for a seamless mix of aerobic and anaerobic exercise. Both are part of the Bike+, Peloton’s latest offering, and are also present across several of Icon’s NordicTrack products.
Icon also states that Peloton had warning this might happen:
It said that Peloton Chief Executive Officer John Foley met with Icon in 2013 in an attempt to use some of its patents and that Icon declined the opportunity to grant him a license.
“Foley was warned at that meeting and subsequent meetings against infringing Icon’s patents,” according to the lawsuit.
This is not the first time NordicTrack and Peloton have met in court – in fact, it’s not the first time even this year. In May, Peloton filed suit against Icon alleging that they had infringed on a patent related to the leaderboard for on-demand classes.
Peloton has been involved in many other legal disputes this year. They ended up coming to an agreement with the music industry over their use of music in classes. Echelon sued Peloton earlier this year, and Peloton & FlyWheel were involved in a legal battle as well.
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