Hot on the heels of Zwift launching its debut indoor trainer, Wahoo is suing Zwift for infringement of multiple US patents.
Court documents filed in the US District Court for the District of Delaware on October 3 show that Wahoo Fitness LLC believes that three patents have been infringed upon by Zwift, Inc – namely US 10,933,290 B2, US 11,090,542 B2, and US 10,046,222 B2 . All three are related to elements of Wahoo’s smart trainers.
Wahoo simultaneously filed a lawsuit against JetBlack Cycling Pty Ltd, the manufacturing partner for the Zwift Hub Smart Trainer . The Hub was launched by Zwift in early September, offering a low-cost, easy set-up entry to the market for the smart-trainer curious.
Wahoo, which has been an innovator in the smart-trainer space for as long as it’s existed, apparently saw Zwift’s move into hardware as a direct threat, galvanising it into legal action. For evidence that it’s really about Zwift, look no further than the fact that JetBlack’s Volt trainer – which the Hub is a rebranded version of – has been available since late 2020, unchallenged by Wahoo and its legal team.
An internal Wahoo email – viewed by CyclingTips – shows that Wahoo believes that the Volt and Hub are “simply a copycat product of Wahoo’s KICKR CORE trainer … we would not have taken this action if we did not believe the patent violations were blatant and clear.”
“Filing a patent lawsuit to protect our IP is not an easy decision because we believe that […]