Nike, the sportswear giant, is suing Lululemon, a leggings giant, with a lawsuit accusing it of patent infringement.
In June 2020, Lululemon entered the home gym market with more than just leggings – the company bought a home fitness startup called Mirror for $500 million. The mirror makes… well, a smart mirror. The Mirror is a life-size interactive device that allows users to interact with live fitness instructors and it apparently uses a patent that Nike has held since 1983.
Lululemon is set to pay patent infringement damages to Nike, as the company claims it holds a patent for home devices that encourage users to exercise, by recording their heart rate, speed and calories burned.
Now, decades and thousands of such devices from most fitness brands later, Nike has sued Lululemon for its ownership of Mirror.
Lululemon hit back in a statement to CNBC that the patents “in question are too broad and invalid,” meaning we’re likely looking at a lengthy legal battle.
Lululemon is also embroiled in another patent lawsuit with Peloton – they accused the sports bike maker of stealing the designs of their sports leggings and bras.
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