SharkNinja Scores Early Victory in iRobot Patent Case
NEEDHAM, Mass., Nov. 26, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, SharkNinja Operating LLC, SharkNinja Management, LLC, and SharkNinja Sales Company (collectively, “SharkNinja”) claimed an early victory in the patent infringement lawsuit that iRobot Corporation (“iRobot”) initiated in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.
In its attempt to dominate the robotic vacuum cleaner market and eliminate more affordable options for consumers, on October 15, 2019, iRobot filed a motion for a preliminary injunction alleging infringement of three of its patents and seeking to stop sales of SharkNinja’s IQ robot during the holiday season. After receiving SharkNinja’s response, iRobot withdrew its motion with respect to one of the three patents, but persisted in seeking an injunction with respect to the other two. As SharkNinja expected, the court denied iRobot’s motion because iRobot failed to show that it would likely prevail on its infringement allegations as to the two patents. SharkNinja demonstrated that it knew of the asserted patents and specifically designed its products so they would not infringe. The court agreed with SharkNinja on all points, writing that “SharkNinja has raised substantial questions regarding iRobot’s infringement allegations,” and denying iRobot’s motion for preliminary injunction.
SharkNinja continues to take intellectual property seriously and makes every effort to avoid violations of intellectual property. While vindicated by today’s outcome, SharkNinja will continue to vigorously defend itself in this case and is confident that it will ultimately prevail against iRobot’s infringement allegations, which it believes are meritless.
SharkNinja is an innovation leader in the housewares industry and creator of the familiar household brands Shark® and Ninja®. SharkNinja provides the latest in easy-to-use innovative technology with a growing line of solutions that consist of Shark cleaning and home care products and Ninja kitchen appliances. Products are sold at major retailers and through distributors around the world. Ninja and Shark are registered trademarks of SharkNinja Operating LLC. For more information, visit sharkninja.com.
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