WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Wahoo Fitness is suing Zwift and JetBlack for allegedly infringing on three Wahoo patents related to its stationary trainers.
JetBlack Cycling Pty Ltd, based in Australia, manufactures the Hub trainer that Zwift recently introduced . JetBlack also markets a nearly identical model, the Volt, under its own name for the same price . The Volt has been available for several years.
In separate complaints filed on Oct. 3 against each company in the U.S District Court in Delaware, Wahoo charges that the JetBlack Volt and Zwift Hub are “identical, in all material respects, to the KICKR CORE, one of Wahoo’s innovative bicycle trainers. By copying the KICKR CORE, JetBlack has infringed three of Wahoo’s patents.”
The three patents are: US Patent No. 10,046,222, “System and Method for Controlling a Bicycle Trainer”
US Patent No. 10,933,290, “Bicycle Trainer”
US Patent No. 11,090,542, “System and Method for Controlling a Bicycle Trainer”
Wahoo is asking the court for jury trial and asking for a preliminary injunction against JetBlack and Zwift preventing them from selling its trainers in the U.S.Wahoo lists its patents at wahoofitness.com/patents . A Zwift representative said they couldn’t comment on ongoing litigation. Representatives from the Wahoo and JetBlack were not immediately available to comment on Monday. With its complaints, Wahoo includes photos of disassembled Zwift trainers showing how they allegedly infringe on specific aspects of Wahoo patents. An image from the exhibit included with Wahoo’s complaint.