February 18, 2015
Fitbit has won the trademark infringement lawsuit case that UK-based Fitbug brought against it in March 2013, according to court documents posted last month. As it happens with cases like these, there were a number of claims and counterclaims, but the crucial blow to Fitbug's suit was that the company waited four and a half years -- too long -- to bring it to the court's attention.
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December 10, 2014
Fitbug Holdings CEO Malcolm Fried will step down at the end of this year, according to a statement from the company. Fried, who came to Fitbug from Bloomberg, has only been with the company since April, when he succeeded LA Fitness founder David Turner.
"Malcolm Fried, the CEO of Fitbug Holdings Plc, has decided to step down from the company at the end of the year," Fitbug wrote in a statement. "...
December 5, 2013
Mobile health startup Jiff has announced the first batch of ecosystem partners for its new health outcomes marketplace. Jiff has officially announced and integrated with Fitbit, Jawbone, Fitbug, Withings, BodyMedia, Fatsecret, and CaloryGuard, and is in conversations with more than 60 additional digital health app and device companies, according to CEO Derek Newell.
"Our goal is to have at least...
October 16, 2013
After nearly a year of waiting, UK-based Fitbug, the self-styled economy option in the fitness tracker space, launched the $49.99 Fitbug Orb, which it originally announced at CES in January.
The orb's form factor resembles that of the Misfit Shine, a small sphere with an optional wristband, lanyard, or clip allowing it to be worn in a number of different ways. The device tracks steps, aerobic...
August 15, 2013
When Medtronic acquired Minnesota-based home health company Cardiocom last week, it was easy to get confused. Medtronic, a company whose most famous product is an implantable heart monitor, could just as easily have bought Cardiocomm Solutions (two M's), a company with a mobile ECG monitor as its flagship product.
With a boom of young companies and, apparently, only a certain number of health-...
June 18, 2013
Aetna's CarePass platform, which has been open to developers since early 2012 and to consumers in a limited beta, officially launched for consumers -- not just Aetna members -- this morning.
The free mobile and online platform integrates a number of different digital health devices and free apps. Newly announced partners Bodymedia, Jawbone, LoseIt, Withings and Fitbug will join the list of...
April 22, 2013
At the end of March, London-based Fitbug filed a lawsuit against San Francisco-based Fitbit that alleges trademark infringement and unfair business practices, which Fitbug claims has caused it irreparable harm and damage. While the company has stated that it sent Fitbit a cease-and-desist letter last year, the official lawsuit was filed on March 29, 2013 -- just a few weeks after reports surfaced...