Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. has launched a lawsuit towards train tools firm Peloton Interactive Inc., accusing the stationary bicycle and treadmill maker of patent infringement.

In paperwork filed in a U.S. court docket 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 12 months and introduced its personal non-public label, Peloton Attire, in September.

Lululemon alleges Peloton is promoting “copy-cat merchandise” that intently resemble a number of of the retailer’s best-selling designs, together with a pair of exercise pants and a preferred strappy sports activities bra.

“Not like innovators similar to Lululemon, Peloton didn’t spend the time, effort and expense to create an unique product line,” Lululemon alleged in court docket paperwork.

“As an alternative, 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 mentioned it initially despatched Peloton a cease-and-desist letter, laying out its issues with the train tools maker’s “blatant misappropriation” of Lululemon’s product designs, in line with court docket paperwork.

Lululemon mentioned Peloton requested an extension to reply to 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. court docket to declare that it has not infringed on Lululemon patents.

“Lululemon’s allegations lack any advantage,” Peloton claimed in paperwork filed in a New York court docket.

“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 court docket, Lululemon alleges a number of Peloton kinds are almost similar to Lululemon merchandise.

One design the retailer highlighted is its Align pants, a pair of leggings Lululemon known as certainly one of its “all-time best-selling merchandise.”

Lululemon alleges a Peloton type is an imitation of the Align pant, with an identical waistband and stitching.

The Canadian retailer mentioned the similarity between Peloton merchandise and Lululemon’s “iconic designs” is “prone to trigger confusion, trigger mistake, and to deceive” prospects into considering 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 huge time, effort, and expense to domesticate within the market.”

In an emailed assertion, Shannon Higginson, Lululemon basic counsel and senior vice-president, mentioned: “We’re assured in our place and look ahead to correctly resolving this case by way of the courts.”

Peloton mentioned it could not touch upon energetic litigation.

—Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press


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