Gopi Doniparthi, 52, who works in Transunion walks along Riverwalk on Thursday, November 3, 2016 in Chicago, IL. He wears Fitbit and his goal is 40.000 steps a day. (Photo by Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

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Fitbit Employees Charged With Having Stolen Trade Secrets

June 15, 2018 - 10:12 am

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — U.S. prosecutors have charged one current and five 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 a judge in a related case found that no Jawbone trade secrets were misappropriated or used in any Fitbit product, feature or technology.