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By MobiHealthNews August 26, 2016
In 2012, MobiHealthNews ran an article — contributed by patent lawyer Orion Armon of Cooley LLP — asking the question “Is mobile health about to enter a patent thicket?” Armon had noticed a stark rise in the number of patents being issued in the mobile health space. He predicted that this would likely lead to an increase in mobile health patent litigation. Four years later, we haven’t seen nearly...
By Jonah Comstock August 24, 2016
The International Trade Commission will officially not be blocking Fitbit's imports. Rival Jawbone asked the ITC to do just that a little over a year ago, filing parallel cases with the ITC to two cases they had filed against Fitbit in federal or state court: one pertaining to allegedly violated patents and the other pertaining to allegedly stolen trade secrets. The patent case was dismissed in...
By Heather Mack August 24, 2016
Fitbit may have the data-collecting devices, but it’s the wearable company’s partnership with research platform Fitabase that turns that data into something beyond personal activity tracking. Over the last four years, Fitabase has collected over 2 billion minutes of Fitbit data on behalf of their research customers, amassed partnerships with the likes of Johns Hopkins University and MD Anderson...
By Heather Mack August 23, 2016
Smart eyeglasses maker Vuzix, which makes glasses that use augmented and virtual reality for both consumer and enterprise markets, has teamed up with wearable software platform company Pristine. As part of Vuzix’s Industrial Partner program, Pristine received one of the first early access of Vuzix’s latest hardweare (the M300 Smart Glasses). Pristine’s Eyesight platform will create a hands-free...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2016
More and more, direct-to-consumer wearables companies are moving into business-to-business healthcare markets. It's not exactly a surprising move -- the potential for consumer technology to encourage healthier lifestyle choices is a core thesis of digital health, and one that could have big implications for healthcare as it faces a rise in chronic conditions. Nonetheless, over the course of the...
By MobiHealthNews August 12, 2016
Over the years, more and more companies have gone public in the digital health space and existing public companies have gotten into the space, either on their own or thorugh acquisitions. Here's a roundup of digital health talk on the latest round of second quarter investor calls and quarterly finance reports. Fitbit. San Francisco-based Fitbit, maker of a series of popular wearable activity...
By Heather Mack August 3, 2016
Adam Pellegrini left his post as VP of digital health at Walgreens Boots Alliance to join fitness wearable company Fitbit. Pellegrini will be responsible for leading Fitbit’s vision, strategies and programs to further drive the company’s integration into healthcare systems around the world. Pellegrini has more than 20 years of experience across multiple sectors of the healthcare industry...
By Heather Mack August 2, 2016
San Francisco-based Fitbit, maker of a series of popular wearable activity trackers, reported second quarter earnings and revenue that exceeded expectations, sent stock prices up and left the heads of the company optimistic for the “rest of the year and beyond," especially since the company will also be introducing new products by the end of the year and hired Adam Pellegrini, formerly of...
By Jonah Comstock July 21, 2016
Another day, another digital heath patent invalidated by the courts. After an International Trade Comission judge invalidated Jawbone patents in May and a federal judge invalidated American Well patents in June, now another ITC judge has nixed a number of Fitbit patents, likely on the same grounds. Bloomberg broke the news. Those closely following the sprawling legal drama of Fitbit and Jawbone...
By Jonah Comstock July 20, 2016
The judge in the class action suit against Fitbit, a suit that alleges the wearable company made misleading claims about its sleep tracking feature, has denied Fitbit's motion to dismiss the case. The case could still be dismissed on other grounds or settled out of court. James Brickman of California filed suit in May 2015 -- just after Fitbit announced its intention to go public. Brickman, who...