Lululemon Athletica Canada Inc. has launched a lawsuit in opposition to train tools 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 12 months 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.
“In contrast to innovators reminiscent of 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 modern designs and offered 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 issues with the train tools maker’s “blatant misappropriation” of Lululemon’s product designs, in accordance with courtroom paperwork.
Lululemon stated 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. 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 sequence of displays filed with a California courtroom, Lululemon alleges a number of Peloton types are practically an identical 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 the same waistband and stitching.
The Canadian retailer stated the similarity between Peloton merchandise and Lululemon’s “iconic designs” is “prone to trigger confusion, trigger mistake, and to deceive” prospects 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 cross 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, stated: “We’re assured in our place and sit up for correctly resolving this case by means of the courts.”
Peloton stated it might not touch upon energetic litigation.
—Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press