Alleges Fitbit and Its Supplier Runtong Infringe U.S. and Chinese
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ: IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of
touch feedback technology, today announced that it has filed a complaint
in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
against Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT), alleging infringement of three
Immersion U.S. patents. Immersion has also filed complaints against
Fitbit and its Shanghai-based distributor in China, Runtong
International Trade Co., Ltd. ("Runtong") in the Shanghai Intellectual
Property Court, alleging infringement of three Immersion Chinese patents.
The complaints allege that certain Fitbit wearable devices including the
Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit Alta, Fitbit Alta HR, Fitbit Charge,
Fitbit Charge 2, Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Blaze, and Fitbit Surge
infringe Immersion patents covering haptic feedback devices, systems and
"Since 1993, Immersion has been a leading innovator in the field of
haptic technology, leveraging our culture of innovation and
market-leading haptic know-how," said Victor Viegas, Immersion's CEO.
"Our valuable patents in the U.S. and China help us protect our
longstanding investment in research and development in this exciting
field. We are disappointed that Fitbit rejected our numerous attempts to
negotiate a reasonable license for Fitbit's products, but it is
imperative that we protect our intellectual property both within the
U.S. and through the distribution chain in China."
The complaints seek orders requiring Fitbit, and its Chinese distributor
Runtong, to immediately and permanently stop manufacturing, using,
selling, offering for sale, or importing infringing Fitbit devices in
both the U.S. and China; as well as damages to compensate Immersion for
the harm the infringement has inflicted.
The U.S. complaint asserts infringement by Fitbit wristband products,
including the Fitbit Flex, Flex 2, Alta, Alta HR, Charge, Charge 2,
Charge HR, Blaze, and Surge of the following Immersion patent:
U.S. Patent No. 8,351,299, entitled "Apparatus and Method for Providing
Condition-Based Vibrotactile Feedback"
The U.S. complaint also asserts infringement by the Fitbit Alta, Alta
HR, Charge, Charge 2, Charge HR, Blaze, and Surge of the following two
U.S. Patent No. 8,059,105, entitled "Haptic Feedback for Touchpads and
Other Touch Controls"
U.S. Patent No. 8,638,301, entitled "Systems and Methods for
Transmitting Haptic Messages"
The first Chinese complaint asserts infringement by Fitbit Blaze, Surge,
Charge 2 and Alta of China Patent No. ZL200980127978.1, entitled
"Systems and methods for mapping message contents to virtual physical
properties for sending vibrotactile messaging."
The second Chinese complaint asserts infringement by Fitbit Blaze and
Surge of China Patent No. ZL200680041474.4, entitled "Methods and
systems for providing haptic messaging to handheld communication
The third Chinese complaint asserts infringement by Fitbit Blaze, Surge,
and Charge 2 of China Patent No. ZL200980128008.3, entitled "Systems and
methods for transmitting haptic messages."
Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR) is the leading innovator of touch
feedback technology, also known as haptics. The company provides
technology solutions for creating immersive and realistic experiences
that enhance digital interactions by engaging users' sense of touch.
With more than 2,400 issued or pending patents, Immersion's technologies
have been adopted in more than 3 billion digital devices. The company
provides haptics in mobile, automotive, advertising, gaming, medical and
consumer electronics. Immersion is headquartered in San Jose, California
with offices worldwide. Learn more at www.immersion.com.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements," including
statements regarding Immersion's intellectual property and litigation
strategies. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, as well as
assumptions that, if they never materialize or prove incorrect, could
cause the results of Immersion Corporation and its consolidated
subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by
such forward-looking statements.
For a more detailed discussion of the factors that could cause actual
results to vary materially, interested parties should review the risk
factors listed in Immersion's most current Form 10-K and Form 10-Q, both
of which are on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
The forward-looking statements in this press release reflect Immersion's
beliefs and predictions as of the date of this release. Immersion
disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a
result of financial, business, or any other developments occurring after
the date of this release.
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