The resurrection of the ‘814 patent claims was of great importance to Fitness Anywhere because it covered a modification to the company’s fitness equipment that helped it achieve great success in the marketplace. The invention essentially consisted of taking a handle accessory that was attachable to the fitness equipment via velcro and making it a permanent fixture of the equipment. Although Fitness Anywhere had told the court that it wouldn’t pursue further infringement damages against Woss based on the reinstated ‘814 patent claims, in large part because of Woss’ bankruptcy status, Judge Freeman’s granting the motion for reconsideration restores an important asset that can now again be asserted against many of the at least 100 companies that are allegedly infringing the patent behind TRX fitness equipment.
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