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ITC Institutes Investigation (337-TA-1310) In Certain Interactive Fitness Products – Intellectual Property

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United States: ITC Institutes (337-TA-1310) investigation of certain interactive fitness products

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On April 1, 2022, the ITC issued a notice of investigation in Certain interactive fitness products, including stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines and rowing machines and their components (Inv. no. 337-TA-1310).

For your information, this investigation is based on a complaint filed on March 3, 2022 by Peloton Interactive, Inc. of New York, New York (“Peloton”) alleging violations of Section 337 by respondents ICON Fitness Corp. , IHF Holdings Inc., iFIT Inc. (FKA ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.), NordicTrack, Inc., and Free Motion Fitness, Inc., all of Logan, Utah (collectively, the “Respondents”) in the import/ the illegal sale of certain interactive fitness equipment products, including stationary exercise bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines, and rowing machines and their components due to the infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 11,170,886 (“the 886 patent”); Pat. 7,938,755 (“the ‘755 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 11,183,288 (“the ‘288 patent”); U.S. Patent No. 11,145,399 (“the ‘399 patent”); and US patent. 10,864,406 (“the ‘406 patent”).

According to the complaint, the ‘886, ‘288, and ‘399 patents generally relate to systems that allow users of interconnected exercise machines to participate and compete with other users in live exercise classes and demand by employing a monitoring station server that receives and synchronizes performance metrics from users during an on-demand exercise class; the ‘755 patent relates generally to a new air dam for use in treadmills; and the ‘406 patent generally relates to methods for users of interconnected treadmills to compete by displaying a comparison of performance metrics on each part of an exercise class and a segmented timeline that indicates the activity to be performed in each part class and the user’s progression through the class. The accused products are interactive fitness products consisting of stationary exercise bikes, treadmills, elliptical machines and rowing machines, including NordicTrack, Pro-Form and FreeMotion stationary bikes; NordicTrack Pro-Form and FreeMotion treadmills; NordicTrack, Pro-Form and FreeMotion ellipticals; and NordicTrack and Pro-Form rowers. Peloton asks the Commission to issue a limited exclusion order and a cease and desist order against the respondents. According to the Notice of Investigation, the Bureau of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in the investigation. Finally, Chief ALJ Clark S. Cheney issued a notice stating that he will chair the investigation.

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