Nike sues Lululemon for patent infringement on Mirror Home Gym and fitness apps
Nike Inc. filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Lululemon Athletica Inc. of patent infringement for manufacturing and selling the Mirror Home Gym and associated mobile apps without permission.
In a lawsuit filed in Manhattan U.S. District Court, Nike accused its little rival of infringing six patents, including through technology that allows users to target specific levels of exertion, to compete with others. users and record their own performance.
Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., Is seeking treble damages for Lululemon’s alleged intentional violation, along with a variety of other remedies.
Mirror gyms start at CAD $ 1,895, according to Lululemon’s website.
Lululemon said in a statement: “The patents in question are too broad and invalid. We are confident in our position and look forward to defending it in court.”
In a letter to Nike on December 10, 2021, an attorney for Lululemon said the Vancouver, BC-based company “respects intellectual property” even though it rejects Nike’s claims.
Lululemon bought Mirror in July 2020
Lululemon purchased Mirror, a home fitness business with an interactive workout platform offering live and on-demand classes, for approximately US $ 453 million in July 2020.
Sportswear manufacturers have profited from the pandemic as people who are forced to work or spend more time at home have moved away from dressier clothes for hoodies, leggings and other casual wear.
But Lululemon warned last month that the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant could reduce sales of its clothing amid supply chain issues and potential store closures.
It also cut its sales forecast for Mirror for the year in half, to a range of $ 125 million to $ 130 million.
As of late afternoon in New York, shares of Lululemon were down 4.5% to US $ 363.62, while Nike was down 2.1% to US $ 162.91.