Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. has launched a lawsuit in opposition to train gear firm Peloton Interactive Inc., accusing the stationary bicycle and treadmill maker of patent infringement.
In paperwork filed in a U.S. courtroom on Monday, the Vancouver-based athletic attire retailer claims Peloton is infringing on a number of design patents and promoting “knock-off” bras and pants.
The lawsuit comes after Peloton ended a co-branding settlement with Lululemon earlier this yr and introduced its personal non-public label, Peloton Attire, in September.
Lululemon alleges Peloton is promoting “copy-cat merchandise” that carefully resemble a number of of the retailer’s best-selling designs, together with a pair of exercise pants and a well-liked strappy sports activities bra.
“Not like innovators equivalent to Lululemon, Peloton didn’t spend the time, effort and expense to create an authentic product line,” Lululemon alleged in courtroom paperwork.
“As a substitute, Peloton imitated a number of of Lululemon’s revolutionary designs and bought knock-offs of Lululemon’s merchandise, claiming them as its personal.”
The retailer stated it initially despatched Peloton a cease-and-desist letter, laying out its considerations with the train gear maker’s “blatant misappropriation” of Lululemon’s product designs, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
Lululemon stated Peloton requested an extension to answer these allegations, however then used the delay to “secretly put together its personal grievance and pre-empt the lawsuit that Lululemon had so clearly threatened.”
Final week, Peloton sued Lululemon, asking a U.S. courtroom to declare that it has not infringed on Lululemon patents.
“Lululemon’s allegations lack any benefit,” Peloton claimed in paperwork filed in a New York courtroom.
“Even a fast comparability of the Lululemon patented designs with the allegedly infringing Peloton merchandise reveals quite a few clear and apparent variations that permit the merchandise to be simply distinguished.”
Peloton additionally claims that the manufacturers of each corporations are distinctive and well-recognized “making confusion between merchandise a digital impossibility.”
However in a collection of displays filed with a California courtroom, Lululemon alleges a number of Peloton types are almost similar to Lululemon merchandise.
One design the retailer highlighted is its Align pants, a pair of leggings Lululemon known as one among its “all-time best-selling merchandise.”
Lululemon alleges a Peloton fashion is an imitation of the Align pant, with an identical waistband and stitching.
The Canadian retailer stated the similarity between Peloton merchandise and Lululemon’s “iconic designs” is “more likely to trigger confusion, trigger mistake, and to deceive” clients into pondering the Peloton attire is made in affiliation with Lululemon.
The corporate alleges Peloton’s intention is to “blatantly copy Lululemon’s proprietary designs and go off its items as Lululemon’s high-quality merchandise to misappropriate the immense goodwill that Lululemon has spent monumental time, effort, and expense to domesticate within the market.”
In an emailed assertion, Shannon Higginson, Lululemon basic counsel and senior vice-president, stated: “We’re assured in our place and look ahead to correctly resolving this case via the courts.”
Peloton stated it will not touch upon lively litigation.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Nov. 30, 2021.