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Peloton sues rivals over alleged patent infringement related to on-demand classes

Peloton has entered fresh disputes against two of its competitors, iFit and Echelon. It alleges that the companies are violating up to four patents it nurses related to on-demand world-class, one of which it simply find last week, as Bloomberg Law notes. Peloton is seeking a court order to block the sale of the manoeuvres until the patents expire, in addition to compensation. In both suits, Peloton alleges contestants of attempting to “free ride” off its technology.

The iFit complaint concerns NordicTrack, ProForm and FreeMotion produces that use the company’s leaderboard and/ or its ActivePulse or SmartAdjust pieces. “Prior to the actions giving rise to this suit, iFit Functionality never delivered live classifies — i.e ., categories learnt by teaches and streamed to users’ machines in substantially real meter — or offered the part of the member the ability to participate in competitive world-class via a leaderboard. Instead, iFit Functionality simply granted subscribers to follow along with pre-recorded exercise classifies on their machines, without any sort of community engagement, ” Peloton wrote in the filing.

It alleges iFit of “profiting extremely from this infringement.” In October, iFit interrupted its plan to go public due to adverse market conditions.

As for Echelon, Peloton is targeting the Smart Connect EX1, EX3, EX4s, EX5, EX5s, EX-7s, EX-Pro and GT+ bikes; Stride and Stride-5s treadmills; Row, Row-s and Row-7s rowers; and the Echelon Fit app. Peloton claims that, before it exhausted the Tread, “it was not well-known for treadmills to offer a leaderboard” and that Echelon now has a “copycat leaderboard” with an “‘Online Filter’ that allows users to’ identify who is taking an On Demand class at the same time.'”

Peloton has had a thorny relationship with both companies over the last few years. It has sued iFit( previously known as Icon Health and Fitness) over patent violation in the past and vice versa. Peloton also filed suit against Echelon in 2019 for , among other things, “imitating the Peloton Bike experience.” Engadget has contacted iFit and Echelon for comment.

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