Philips Can't Add New Fitbit Products To Patent Suit

By Dave Simpson (November 19, 2021, 11:03 PM EST) -- A Massachusetts federal judge said Friday that Philips North America LLC waited too long before attempting to add patent infringement contentions aimed at four new Fitbit products, declining to allow it leave to amend its suit against the Google LLC unit.

U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV said Philips did not exercise reasonable diligence by waiting six months, and in one case 12 months, before attempting to amend its contentions to include Fitbit Inc.'s Charge 4, Versa 3, Inspire 2 and Sense products, which were introduced to the public in 2020.

"In defense of that delay, plaintiff contends that it...

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