Keep Fit, a new health care startup that allows you to pay a $100 monthly subscription to its “keep fit” app, says it has been hit with a copyright infringement complaint from one of its customers.
The lawsuit, filed in California court on Wednesday, says the startup infringes on several patents filed in 2014 by a Japanese patent company.
The original lawsuit, which was filed on February 6, 2016, alleged that Keep Fit infringed on several Japanese patents, including one related to a system for managing heart rate and breathing.
The patent holder, a company called the Institute for the Analysis of Social Systems (IAAS), filed a lawsuit against Keep Fit on January 14, 2017.
It claims that Keep the Fit app infringes “several of the patents,” including the IAS patents, as well as several other Japanese patents.
The IAS said in a press release on January 17 that it will file an answer to the lawsuit later this month.
“The complaint has nothing to do with the Keep Fit platform itself,” Keep Fit told Ars in an email.
“Rather, it has nothing whatsoever to do at all with the company itself.”
The company also said that the Ias infringement claims are “baseless,” and that it has complied with the patents.
“As soon as we learn of the lawsuit, we will respond with a counterclaim,” Keep the Fitness said.
The company has raised $1.6 million from a small number of investors, including Sequoia Capital and Sequoias founders.
Its initial funding round, which closed on December 16, was valued at $1 billion.