Last month, a verdict was rendered in a California-based patent infringement lawsuit. Fitness Anywhere LLC, a San Francisco-based company, filed suit against San Carlos-based company Woss Enterprices LLC, for alleged infringement of three suspension trainer equipment patents.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California tried the case, and found in favor of Fitness Anywhere, finding a willful infringement of all three patents by Woss Enterprises. The court awarded $6.8 million to Fitness Anywhere, which includes $5.75 million in lost profits damages, $820,200 in trademark infringement damages and $191,500 in reasonable royalty damages.
The original complaint, filed by Fitness Anywhere in January 2015, alleges infringement of the following three patents:
- U.S. Patent No. 7044896, titled Exercise Device Including Adjustable, Inelastic Straps
- U.S. Patent No. 7806814, titled Combination Grip for an Exercise Device
- U.S. Patent No. 8043197, titled Exercise Device Having Inelastic Straps and Interchangeable Parts
The complaint also cited two counts of trademark infringement, as Fitness Anywhere owns the rights to use "suspension training," to market their brand of fitness equipment. Their original claim also noted single counts of federal unfair competition, tortious interference with prospective economic relationships and unfair competition under California state law.
Before filing this lawsuit, Fitness Anywhere sent notice of the patents to Woss Enterprises, asking them to cease and desist the sale of infringing products. Woss Enterprises, however, continued to commit willful patent and trademark infringement.
Fitness Anywhere v. Woss Enterprises illustrates the need to take infringement allegations seriously, as a plaintiff or defendant. Seek advice and representation from an experienced intellectual property lawyer.