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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 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 Jonah Comstock August 9, 2016
The Apple rumor mill is rolling again, this time with reports of a new forthcoming health device. According to Apple Insider, via Taiwanese paper Economic Daily News, the new product, two years in the making, will "accurately collect users' personal daily life including heart rate, pulse, blood sugar changes and other information." It's supposedly set for a 2016 launch. Details about the form 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 June 9, 2016
Jawbone quietly acquired a company last year that could shed some light on the company's rumored clinical wearable, MobiHealthNews has learned. Spectros, a startup founded by current Jawbone Chief Medical Officer David Benaron, was acquired by Jawbone in 2015. The company confirmed the news to MobiHealthNews in an email. Benaron is a serial entrepreneur whose previous company, Insite, was...
By Jonah Comstock June 3, 2016
Apple has quietly hired Dr. Rajiv B. Kumar, a pediatric endocrinologist currently employed by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, FastCo reported Friday. He will continue working at the hospital part time. Kumar has experience implementing Apple's HealthKit to help patients manage their diabetes. In recent weeks, Apple also saw the departure of one of its healthcare lawyers...
By Jonah Comstock May 31, 2016
Jawbone is selling its speaker business and may also be halting sales of its wearable tracker line, according to various reports. Another report says these efforts will be followed up by the launch of a device in a new category: a clinical-grade health wearable. (Updated below with a statement from Jawbone.) Fortune reported on the sale of the speaker business on Friday. According to Fortune,...
By Jonah Comstock May 2, 2016
An administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission has ruled that the two Jawbone patents Fitbit was accused of infringing upon are ineligible and invalid. Judge Dee Lord went deep in her 25-page summary judgement, which among other things, invoked 17th-century diarist Samuel Pepys. As regular readers of MobiHealthNews know, the ITC conflict is part of a constellation of legal...
By Jonah Comstock March 29, 2016
We tend to think of activity tracking devices and the companion apps that process their data as single product offerings. But a new report from Argus Insights suggests that perhaps the users of these devices don't see them that way. Argus, which looks at consumer reviews and social data to analyze "mindshare", reports that the baseline level of consumer enjoyment (what Argus calls "delight') of...