One of Peloton’s major legal issues appears to be behind them. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Peloton and Flywheel have settled their ongoing legal dispute.
Peloton had sued Flywheel in September of 2018, alleging that Flywheel infringed on multiple patents and that the leaderbaord technology of Flywheel’s new bikes copied Peloton too closely. In June of 2019, Flywheel had countered and successfully lobbied the US Patent and Trademark Office to review the validity of three of Peloton’s patents.
Court documents filed this morning reveal that Peloton & Flywheel have managed to settle this ongoing dispute. This court case will be seen as a win for Peloton, as Flywheel is dropping the patent dispute with the USPTO and will also stop infringing on Peloton’s patents within 60 days. It remains to be seen if this means Flywheel will simply make product changes rapidly to their Fly Anywhere bike, or remove it from the marketplace.
The full settlement can be read here. The 3 main key points are that:
- Flywheel now admits that the Peloton Patents are valid and enforceable
- Flywheel admits that Flywheel’s Fly Anywhere Bike and associated services infringe the Peloton Patents as alleged by Peloton in the First Amended Complaint; that Flywheel copied elements of the Peloton bike in developing its Fly Anywhere Bike; and that, to the best of Flywheel’s knowledge, Peloton’s “at home” / “remote streaming” patented leaderboard technology was not created or invented by Flywheel
- As such, and as part of the settlement resolving this dispute, Flywheel agrees that within 60 days it will stop infringing Peloton’s patented technology
With this court case behind them, Peloton can focus their attention on the other major court case they remain involved in – their ongoing legal battle over music rights, which does not show any signs of being resolved soon.