We reported last summer that Echelon began the process of asking the US Patent Office to invalidate Peloton’s patents. First reported by Bloomberg, Echelon looks like it will prevail in part of the case.
Echelon has established a “reasonable likelihood” that it will win its argument that Peloton patent 10,486,026 is invalid, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board said in a decision posted on the agency’s electronic docket.
What’s the result here? At least some of Peloton’s patents will be possibly invalidated. The patent in question is the patent is for a system that provides streaming and on-demand exercise classes, with features mimicking if participants are taking a live class and competing with each other and previous people that have taken the class.
I’ve heard rumors that Peloton’s patent holdings were considered to be shaky. Although they prevailed against Flywheel, it might be a “one and done” for Peloton with trying to put competitors out of business over patent concerns.