In a statement released on Saturday, Jawbone - the manufacturer of fitness tracking devices - said that its rival Fitbit has dropped a patent-infringement case against the company.
According to the statement released by Jawbone to Recode, Fitbit has dropped its patent challenge against Jawbone. The complaint which Fitbit has withdrawn had been filed with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), a government organization which has the authority to ban the imports of products into the country. Fitbit was seeking a ban by the US on the importation of some Jawbone's devices due to an alleged violation of patents.
With Fitbit deciding to drop the patent challenge, Jawbone said that one part of its legal scuffle with Fitbit has been resolved.
However, Jawbone also added that even though Fitbit will no longer block the imports of Jawbone's products, a trade secret lawsuit against Fitbit will still be pursued by Jawbone. The lawsuit which Jawbone will continue against Fitbit is a separate case, which alleges former workers took trade secrets to Fitbit.
Meanwhile, about Fitbit's move to withdraw its patent case, Jawbone said in its Saturday statement: "Jawbone believes this case - involving patent already found once to be invalid - should have been dismissed long ago by Fitbit. Fitbit's pursuit of these baseless claims for so long was to burden Jawbone-an issue to be raised in Jawbone's anti-trust claim against Fitbit."