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Fitbit Wins First Round in Jawbone Trade Secrets Case

  • Trade judge says there was no evidence of stolen trade secrets
  • Judge’s findings are subject to review by full commission

Fitbit Inc. was cleared of allegations that its activity trackers were made using confidential information that had been stolen from rival Jawbone Inc.

Fitbit and its contract manufacturer, Flextronics International Ltd., didn’t steal trade secrets to make the fitness devices, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Sandra Dee Lord said in a notice posted on the agency’s website Tuesday. The judge’s findings are subject to review by the full commission, which has the power to stop products made overseas from entering the U.S.

“No party has been shown to have misappropriated any trade secret,” the judge said in the notice. Her full findings will become public after both sides get a chance to redact confidential information.

The trade secrets allegations are all that’s left of virulent back-and-forth patent-infringement complaints the...