Garmin Says ITC Judge Finds Philips's Asserted Patents Invalid -- Update
By Dave Sebastian
A Garmin Ltd. unit said a judge at the International Trade
Commission issued an initial determination that asserted patents by
Koninklijke Philips NV and its North America subsidiary were
invalid and didn't cover Garmin's wearable devices.
The ITC last month said it started an investigation into certain
wearable monitoring devices in response to a complaint filed by
Philips in late 2019. Philips's complaint alleges the infringement
of certain patents and violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act
of 1930 in the importation into the U.S.
Other respondents in the investigation are Fitbit Inc., Ingram
Micro Inc., Maintek Computer (Suzhou) Co. and Inventec Appliances
"Philips is aware of the initial determination made by the
International Trade Commission in the context of its investigation
into the infringement by Fitbit and Garmin of Philips' patents,"
Philips said. "We are studying this decision, as we determine our
next steps. Moreover, as separate to the ITC investigation,
litigations related to other patents are still pending between
Philips and Fitbit and Garmin, we will refrain from providing
An ITC spokeswoman declined to disclose the full initial
determination, citing confidentiality, but noted that initial
determinations are subject to review and the final determination
for the investigation will come on June 4.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
February 05, 2021 11:37 ET (16:37 GMT)
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