Jawbone is suing Fitbit again, this time for patent infringement, according to The Wall Street Journal. What’s more, the UP band maker’s filing in US District Court in San Francisco seeks a sales injunction against Fitbit’s activity trackers, claiming that the company has violated a patent covering “a wellness application using data from a data-capable band.” In addition, Jawbone is also taking the case to the International Trade Commission to potentially halt Fitbit shipments to the United States. For what it counts, Apple had a similar case with Samsung.
Fitbit, of course, insists it is innocent and that there’s no substance to Jawbone’s accusations. “Fitbit has no need to take information from Jawbone or any other company,” the company said in a statement. “We are unaware of any confidential or proprietary information of Jawbone in our possession and we intend to vigorously defend against these allegations.”
Last week, Jawbone sued Fitbit over employee poaching and data theft.
Fitbit is looking to raise more than $400 million in its forthcoming IPO, and these sort of accusations could harm them and their shareholders. The company’s latest products include the Charge and Charge HR fitness bands and Surge “superwatch,” while Jawbone recently unveiled UP Move, UP3 and UP4 bands, the last of which adds support for mobile payments.