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NordicTrack owner sues Peloton for allegedly stealing bike features

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The maker of NordicTrack and other in-home fitness brands has sued Peloton, claiming its cycling rival stole features for its newest stationary bike.

New York (CNN Business)The maker of NordicTrack and other in-home fitness brands has sued Peloton, claiming its cycling rival stole features for its newest stationary bike.

The lawsuit filed by Icon Health and Fitness on Thursday alleges patent infringement.

Icon claims that two new features in Peloton's Bike+ — a swiveling touchscreen and the bike automatically changing resistance during classes — were "developed and used by Icon well before Peloton. "

Icon said it has a patent pending on the swivel screen and hold a patent on the resistance feature, which Peloton calls "auto-follow. " Both features are used on Icon's current line of products, which also includes iFit and FreeMotion brands that make several varieties of gym equipment including bikes and treadmills.

"As the fitness industry's leading innovator, Icon is unfortunately accustomed to having companies copy its technology," the Utah-based company said in the lawsuit.

"Some companies, like Peloton, have built (at least in part) entire businesses on the back of Icon's patented technology. "

The lawsuit also said that in 2013, Peloton CEO John Foley met with Icon prior to the release of its original bike.

Peloton (PTON) said in a statement that the new lawsuit is "nothing more than a continuation of the litigation that Peloton filed against Icon earlier this year, and is a retaliatory filing intended to deflect attention away from Icon blatant infringement of Peloton's leaderboard technology and other deceptive practices. "

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