F45 has lost a four year battle against Body Fit Training after a judge says using general computing tech is not patentable
F45 has lost a four year legal battle against Body Fit Training (BFT). The case was heard in Australia’s Federal Court by Justice John Nicholas, who ruled that using TV screens to broadcast workouts cannot be patented.
F45’s legal team claimed that by broadcasting workouts from a server, BFT had copied F45’s functional fitness program. The court ruled that F45’s patents were invalid and that they should be revoked.
“The scheme is not made patentable merely because it is implemented using generic computing technology,” Justice John Nicholas said of the judgment. “It is the kind of scheme that has historically never been regarded as patentable subject matter.”
F45, which was founded in 2013 in Australia, is well-known for its 45-minute fitness programs. In July of last year, the fitness company was listed on the NYSE. F45 is backed by actor Mark Wahlberg and lists David Beckham as an ambassador.
In response to the ruling, BFT’s CEOs made a statement. “We are thrilled that the Federal Court in Australia has ruled in favor of BFT against F45,” says Cameron Falloon and Richard Burnet.
“The Federal Court has determined that both of F45’s innovation patents are invalid and that, even if those patents were valid, BFT did not infringe them in any event.”
F45 has a similar case in the US. The court in Australia has ordered F45 to pay BFT’s legal costs.
Courtney Rehfeldt has worked in the broadcasting media industry since 2007 and has freelanced since 2012. Her work has been featured in Age of Awareness, Times Beacon Record, The New York Times, and she has an upcoming piece in Slate. She studied yoga & meditation under Beryl Bender Birch at The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute. She enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and is an avid reader. Courtney has a BA in Media & Communications studies.