Fitbit employees charged with having stolen trade secrets

  • An indictment said that Fitbit employees received stolen trade secrets after leaving rival firm Jawbone and knew they were not supposed to have them.
  • A Fitbit spokesman says the judge found that no Jawbone trade secrets were misappropriated or used in any Fitbit product, feature or technology.
A Fitbit display is seen at a Target store in Los Angeles.
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A Fitbit display is seen at a Target store in Los Angeles.

U.S. prosecutors have charged six current and former employees of San Francisco-based Fitbit, Inc. with possessing trade secrets stolen from rival company Jawbone.

An indictment filed Thursday in federal court in Northern California says the employees received the stolen trade secrets after leaving Jawbone and knew they were not supposed to have them.

Both companies made fitness tracking devices and tussled over patents in court. Jawbone's parent company, AliphCom, Inc., is no longer in business.

A Fitbit spokesman says the judge also found that no Jawbone trade secrets were misappropriated or used in any Fitbit product, feature or technology.