This week, two of Peloton’s patents have been voided after the Patent Trial & Appeal Board, part of the US Patent & Trademark Office, completed a review of the patents. Bloomberg Law first reported this news.
The two patents in question were 10322315 & 10022590. Both patents related to “system and method for providing streaming and on-demand exercise classes”.
This review came as a result of Peloton suing Echelon in 2019 for patent infringement. Echelon then counter sued in 2020, attempting to invalidate some of the patents. In 2021, the USPTO agreed to examine at least one of the patents.
That review has been completed this week.
In the course of the review, Peloton had given up some claim of both patents, leaving only part of the patent to be reviewed. The judges then determined that “all challenged claims [were] unpatentable.”
In both patents, Echelon was able to prove to the judges that the claims Peloton was trying to patent were “obvious” based on previous patents, and therefore, unpatentable.
This doesn’t mean the end of patent litigation between these two companies. Peloton was granted a new patent in November 2021, and immediately sued Echelon as well as iFIT with the new patent.
Last week, Peloton also had two new patent applications published related to the rotating screen of the Bike+ as well as some new cycling cleats. (Update – This originally said these two were awarded, but they were the applications that were published).
You can find the full PDF of the ruling on these patents from the USPTO PTAB Decision website here.
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