Did you hear?...Nautilus sues Extreme Fitness, charging infringement of selectorized dumbbells

Nautilus has filed suit against retailer/manufacturer Extreme Fitness, charging patent infringement of its multi-weight SelectTech dumbbells sold under the Nautilus and Bowflex brands. The first hearing to schedule a conference will be Oct. 9 on the suit filed Aug. 22 in the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Nautilus has filed suit against retailer/manufacturer Extreme Fitness, charging patent infringement of its multi-weight SelectTech dumbbells sold under the Nautilus and Bowflex brands. The first hearing to schedule a conference will be Oct. 9 on the suit filed Aug. 22 in the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado.

Defendant John Huerta of Extreme Fitness said only that his company just received the paperwork this week and was going through the information. He said the weight systems have a lot of differences.

He started selling his, called OmniSelect, in March. They are manufactured by the Omni company based in China.

Although similar in appearance based only on what is visible on the websites (www.omniselect.com, www.nautilus.com), the Omni has a one-handed knob for controlling the weight selection on both ends simultaneously. The Nautilus company's SelectTech has a knob at both ends, which only control the plate selection of their respective end. Both have bases and racks and the racks are in a V-shape so users can stand between the open part of the V to more safely pick up a weight.

The suit, which charges infringement of two patents and two design patents, is based partly on Nautilus having acquired the rights to the original technology from developer Mark Krull in 2006.

Nautilus is requesting an injunction on sales, as well as damages, profits, attorney fees and a jury trial.

The October hearing will schedule a possible time for a so-called Markman Hearing, which is a hearing in patent litigation cases designed to determine the interpretation and scope of the claim and the patent's language to help interpret the case. A ruling in a Markman Hearing can help pave the way to negotiations and out-of-court settlements.

Related

Did you hear?...Inventor charges Icon/Target with patent infringement of weights

Fitness equipment inventor and attorney Mark Krull has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court, Minnesota, charging Icon Health & Fitness with patent infringement of his patented variable weight dumbbell system that Nautilus uses for its SelectTech Dumbbells. Co-defendant in ...read more

Vibram_FiveFingers_Bikila.jpg

Did you hear?... Vibram sues Fila over ‘Skele-Toes’

Vibram’s Italian and U.S. operations have filed suit against Fila USA Inc. in a Massachusetts U.S. District Court, claiming patent infringement. Vibram claims Fila’s Skele-Toes shoes with “individually articuable toe portions” infringes on Vibram’s patents held for protecting the ...read more

NC_VibramRunner.jpg

Did you hear?... Vibram sues Fila over ‘Skele-Toes’

Vibram’s Italian and U.S. operations have filed suit against Fila USA Inc. in a Massachusetts U.S. District Court, claiming patent infringement. Vibram claims Fila’s Skele-Toes shoes with “individually articuable toe portions” infringes on Vibram’s patents held for protecting the ...read more

Nautilus sues Keys for alleged indoor cycle infringement

A complaint filed Dec. 22 in the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, Nautilus Inc. alleges Keys Fitness has infringed several patents owned by Nautilus related to indoor exercise bikes. The complaint, which requests a jury trial, stated that Keys infringed on three ...read more

Did you hear? ... Icon charges Keys with infringement, partly from Image Spa sale

Icon Health & Fitness has filed a lawsuit charging Keys Fitness and its subsidiary Keys Backyard, with both patent and trademark infringement. The complaint, filed in late July, in the U.S. District Court, Utah, charges Keys with: >> infringement of the patent Icon said it has ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> More on the rather convoluted case that SNEWS® wrote about on June 18 concerning Nautilus suing two unrelated companies in one legal action charging trademark infringement. Those companies are Savvier (marketers of the so-called Body Flex breathing program) and Impex (owners ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> In another way to personalize its staff members to customers, salespeople at The Fitness Experience stores will stop using business cards. Nope, no more of those boring little cards. Instead, a la popular police cards, the staffers will handout mini-baseball-cards -- complete ...read more

Nautilus wins federal appeal in Icon trademark infringement battle

Taking nearly a year for a decision, the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Court has ruled in favor of The Nautilus Group on a July 2003 appeal and granted the company a preliminary injunction in its case against Icon that charges trademark infringement of ...read more

Nautilus vs. Icon infringement fisticuffs goes another round

Nautilus and Icon are now expected to go to jury trial later this year in the patent infringement case brought by Nautilus in December 2002 that charges the Crossbow infringes on the Bowflex. Although a district court last October dismissed the patent case brought by Nautilus ...read more