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Wearables War: Jawbone sues Fitbit for third time

Company accuses Fitbit of luring employees to steal confidential information.

By Joao Lima

Wearable manufacturer Jawbone has filled a complaint against Fitbit with the US International Trade Commission, its third complaint in just two months.

Jawbone wants to prevent Fitbit from ordering parts and importing its fitness trackers. The company is also calling for a ruling within 15 months and a cease-and-desist, which could come into place before the ruling is heard.

Fitbit has been accused of driving Jawbone’s employees away in a bid to obtain secret information on the company’s smart solutions.

Fitbit has also been sued for breaking the terms of six patents, including one that tracks users’ sleep patterns and other that offers advice on weight loss.

In the trade commission complaint, Jawbone said: "The poached employees have misappropriated Jawbone’s trade secret information and threaten to continue to do so as long as they remain employed by Fitbit."

Fitbit said it "plans to defend itself vigorously against all allegations made in the complaint to the ITC".

The fitness tracker firm announced its IPO in mid June. In May and June Jawbone also sued the company for the same reasons.

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