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Immersion Files Lawsuits Against Fitbit

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ: IMMR), the leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, today announced that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Fitbit, Inc. (NYSE: FIT), alleging infringement of three Immersion U.S. patents. Immersion has also filed complaints against Fitbit and its Shanghai-based distributor in China, Runtong International Trade Co., Ltd. (“Runtong”) in the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court, alleging infringement of three Immersion Chinese patents.

The complaints allege that certain Fitbit wearable devices including the Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Flex 2, Fitbit Alta, Fitbit Alta HR, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Charge 2, Fitbit Charge HR, Fitbit Blaze, and Fitbit Surge infringe Immersion patents covering haptic feedback devices, systems and methods.

“Since 1993, Immersion has been a leading innovator in the field of haptic technology, leveraging our culture of innovation and market-leading haptic know-how,” said Victor Viegas, Immersion’s CEO. “Our valuable patents in the U.S. and China help us protect our longstanding investment in research and development in this exciting field. We are disappointed that Fitbit rejected our numerous attempts to negotiate a reasonable license for Fitbit’s products, but it is imperative that we protect our intellectual property both within the U.S. and through the distribution chain in China.”

The complaints seek orders requiring Fitbit, and its Chinese distributor Runtong, to immediately and permanently stop manufacturing, using...