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Wearable tech enters the courtroom

As more and more wearable technology enters the mainstream, law enforcement and lawyers are seeing an increasing amount of cases dealing with how to handle the logistics of where this new technology fits in.

MapMyFtiness was purchased by Under Armous in 2013.
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According to the Washington Post on March 2, Adidas suing Under Armor over the app MapMyFitness marked a huge milestone in the world where tech meets law. The articles cites that this case is the first commercial case that involves patent law and wearable tech.

The lawsuit between Adidas and Under Armour deals with the fact that Adidas is alleging that Under Armor’s app, MapMyFitness,—which it acquired in 2013— infringes on several Adidas patents. The suit also says that Under Armour’s director of innovation and research took Adidas’s patent knowledge with him to Under Armour after previously being a senior innovation engineering manager at Adidas.

While the personnel issues certainly muddy the water here, patent law, which is also used in cases about chemical compounds and medicines, is certainly going to come up again for tech companies as they race to be at the head of the wearable tech class.

But other issues have come from wearable tech. Remember, not long ago a woman was given a citation for driving while wearing Google Glass. This still remains an undecided issue as each state will have to assess how they’d like to handle wearable tech while operating a motor vehicle. The law the officer used to give the woman a ticket wasn’t even Google Glass-specific, but cited the woman for having a video screen in view while driving.

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