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Under Armour, adidas settle their fitness-related patent litigation

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Under Armour, adidas settle their fitness-related patent litigation

Under Armour and adidas have resolved their pending patent litigation and entered into a confidential settlement agreement in which all of adidas’ claims against Under Armour and its subsidiary MapMyFitness have been dismissed with prejudice. Also, the settlement terms include adidas granting a license for Under Armour and MapMyFitness to use its patents in exchange for a non-disclosed licensing fee.

The German sports equipment maker originally filed a complaint on February 4, 2014. claiming that Under Armour used, without a license, multiple of its patents related to a “location-aware fitness training device, methods, and program products that support real-time interactive communication and automated route generation” as well as “methods and computer program products for providing information about a user during physical activity.”

In addition, adidas pointed out that Under Armour’s Director of Innovation and Research was formerly a Senior Innovation Engineering Manager at adidas with direct knowledge of adidas’ patent portfolio.

It took two years of litigation before the parties were able to come to a settlement. As a result of the settlement, Under Armour and MapMyFitness will continue to be able to utilize their fitness-related technologies but will have to pay an undisclosed price for such usage.

So as far as end users are concerned, MapMyFitness’ apps will keep working as they always were…

[Via: Forbes]

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