Jawbone sued Fitbit for stealing professional and commercial secrets through employees.
The two companies are competitors, both producing wearable devices that track physical activity. Jawbone sued Fitbit for stealing professional and commercial secrets through employees. According to reports from the Superior Court of California, in San Francisco, the accusation is that he tried to take away about 30% of Jawbone employees and to have hired at least five. These workers would deliberately collect confidential information in Jawbone and take it to Fitbit, violating corporate policies. The Fitbit human resources department was mentioned in the indictment for acting with the goal of decimating Jawbone's workforce. The stolen files, the accusation states, are equivalent to a gold mine for Fitbit, containing details of Jawbone's core business. The files we are talking about are those related to product updates and new technologies being developed. Jawbone would like exemplary punishment for Fitbit and the five directly involved employees and an injunction to prevent other employees from escaping. Among the names of the accused is that of Ana Rosario, who started working in Jawbone in May 2014 in the design and research department related to the customer experience.In April he interviewed a senior position in Fitbit and four days later, before resigning, he attended a meeting between colleagues defining the strategies company and new product prototypes. Rosario would have downloaded a confidential presentation to which Jawbone had given the title Playbook for the Future – on his personal computer in violation of corporate policies. With her among the accused is Katherine Mogal, who started in August 2013 in Jawbone as director of marketing and customere experience before moving to Fitbit in March 2015. She was also involved in the legal issue, with Patrick Narron, Patricio Romano and Rong Zhang. Narron, a sound engineer, would have sent confidential information to his personal e-mail less than a week before switching from Jawbone to Fitbit. Romano, product designer, would have saved files on a USB key and sent other data to his personal email, the traces of these activities are recorded on his computer. Zhang, commercial manager and head of the supply chain, saved confidential information on an external USB drive and resigned in Jawbone the following day, to arrive at Fitbit in April. The lawsuit arrived a few weeks after the public presentation of the Fitbit market results: the company is the main player in the market of physical activity trackers, with $ 745 million in revenue and about 11 million pieces sold last year. But he saw his market attacked by a growing number of competitors, including Apple. Jawbone, on the other hand, has achieved a turnover of 700 million dollars and the company valued at 3 billion dollars. He recently launched Up3, a wrist-based health tracker. Fitbit replied that she didn't need to steal information, neither from Jawbone nor from any other company. The company does not have confidential information and denies the validity of the charges.