Today, Peloton issued a press release stating the streaming home fitness company had reached a settlement with Dish Network.
The companies have been disputing a patent lawsuit first filed in 2021 against Peloton (amongst others), alleging its services infringed Dish Network’s video streaming patents. The network proceeded to file a request with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to ban importing all Peloton products until this lawsuit was settled. In 2022, a judge ruled in favor of Dish Network.
In March of this year, the ITC enforced the import ban in addition to issuing a cease and desist order preventing new Peloton sales. People who already owned a Peloton would not be affected and would still have access to the home fitness streaming service, as well as allow Peleton to offer new classes. The order had not yet gone into effect, waiting on a 60-day government review window to close.
In exchange for a one-time payment of $75 million, Peloton will be granted access to the streaming patents Dish Network was suing over. The import ban will also be lifted.
The full press release issued by Peloton states:
“On May 1, 2023, Peloton and Dish entered into a Settlement, Patent License, and Release Agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) to resolve the ITC matter as well as the Texas Litigation. The Settlement Agreement provides for, among other things: (a) Dish to promptly seek termination of the ITC investigation, rescission of the Remedial Orders, and dismissal with prejudice of the Texas Litigation; (b) broad cross-releases between Peloton and Dish; (c) a worldwide, fully paid up royalty-free license for Peloton and its affiliates for Dish patents relating to ABR, including the patents asserted in the ITC investigation and Texas Litigation; (d) covenants not to sue restricting the parties from initiating certain kinds of future litigation; and (f) a one-time settlement payment by Peloton of $75 million to Dish.”