Adidas and Under Armour Settles Infringement Patent Case Prior To Hearing Schedule
May 13, 2016 10:11 AM EDT
Sports apparel makers companies, Adidas and Under Armour, have both agreed to a settlement over the infringed patent case. Adidas sued its rival sports apparel manufacturer in February 2014 along with its subsidiary company, MapMyFitness.
According to Adidas, the lawsuit case, which claimed Under Armour infringed its fitness tracking tech patents, has been resolved with a confidential settlement agreement, Biz Journal reported. Under Armour, headquartered in Baltimore will also pay the Portland, North American-based sports apparel company for using its patents.
The lawsuit came a year after Under Armour bought MapMyFitness platform in 2013. Adidas filed the lawsuit in February 2014, wherein the company denied the accusations, such as infringing on ten of Adidas' mobile fitness product patents. Under Armour also countersued Adidas following its lawsuits.
The alleged tech property used in UnderArmour39 products and the MapMyFitness heartrate monitor was Adidas' miCoach products, where it allows users to monitor their progressduring workouts using GPS and wireless signals, Baltimore Sun cited. On the court filing obtained at theUS District Court in Delaware, the case has been dismissed on Monday.
Amount to be paid was not disclosed as Adidas cited that Under Armour will pay the licensing of the company and in return, Under Armour and MapMyFitness can use its tech patents.
"Adidas AG granted a license to its patents in suit in exchange for a confidential licensing fee payable by Under Armour, Inc. and MapMyFitness, Inc.," Sole Collector quoted.
The company also alleged that Under Armour knew of the Adidas patents because its director of innovation and research previously worked at Adidas as a senior innovation engineering manager. The case has been resolved out of the court before the it was to be heard on the set schedule in June.
On May 6, Under Armour and Adidas filed a joint motion to terminate the case in the USPTO while Adidas' civil suit was dismissed in the Delaware court on May 4.