Nike sues Lululemon for patent infringement over Mirror home gym

Nike Inc. has launched a lawsuit against Lululemon Athletica Inc. accusing the athletic apparel maker of patent infringement with its new Mirror home gym.

The American fitness giant claims Vancouver-based Lululemon’s electronic device for streaming workout classes and its accompanying mobile applications violate Nike’s “robust portfolio of patents” protecting decades of digital sport innovations.

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Nike says Lululemon’s alleged infringement is “objectively reckless, knowing, intentional, deliberate, and wilful” and is claiming damages up to three times the amount found or assessed by a court.

The legal scuffle between two of the world’s biggest fitness players highlights the mounting competition in the booming exercise market.

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It comes on the heels of Lululemon’s lawsuit against Peloton Interactive Inc. that accused the stationary bicycle maker of selling “knock-off” bras and pants.

Lululemon acquired Mirror in 2020 as the pandemic catapulted the at-home fitness market to new heights.

The device, which looks like a giant glossy hybrid between a smartphone and TV, sells for a base price of $1,895 in Canada plus a $49 monthly subscription fee to access live and on-demand workouts including yoga, kick-boxing and meditation.

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