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Body Fit Training and F45 ramp up legal battle over patents

Body Fit Training and F45 ramp up legal battle over patents
October 9, 2020

The legal battle between popular Australian-created functional fitness franchises F45 Training and Body Fit Training has been stepped up as they dispute over business strategies and the use of technology.

In August, Body Fit Training (BFT) filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in California against F45 Training in an attempt to invalidate two of its existing patents.

In response, F45 has now began legal proceedings in the US state of Delaware, declaring that BFT infringes one of its patents.

The ongoing global dispute began in late 2019, when F45 filed a lawsuit in the Australian Federal Court against BFT over an alleged patent infringement, aiming to protect the way it manages its franchises through a central computer system.

Following the latest round of legal proceedings, BFT's joint Chief Executives Cameron Falloon and Richard Burnet issued a strongly-worded statement, advising “the US lawsuit we filed is part of BFT’s global strategy to defeat F45’s improper efforts to assert invalid patents to try and hinder our ability, and the ability of our franchisees, to advance what we believe to be a superior business model and approach to fitness training.

"We believe we have the upper hand in similar litigation in Australia. As a result, we are confident that, whether the US litigation moves forward in California or Delaware, we will ultimately prevail in both the courts and in the global marketplace.

"We see the United States as an important next step in our global expansion and even though we are a much smaller company, we do not intend to let F45 or any competitor push us out of the marketplace."

Launched in 2018, BFT has sold 150 franchises across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the USA.

F45 Training has a presence in more than 50 countries with more than 1,900 franchises sold.

In June, F45 revealed plans to take the company public and list on the US market NASDAQ.

The listing is planned to take place through a merger with special purpose acquisition company Crescent Acquisition Corp, with initial estimates valuing F45 at around US$845 million.

Speaking when the plans to go public were announced, F45 Chief Executive, Adam Gilchrist noted "F45’s mission is to improve people’s lives and wellbeing, and the company was founded to make unique, effective and high-quality training accessible to everyone, while empowering franchisees to run successful businesses.

“As a public company, I am confident that we will be able to accelerate our mission, while creating value for our shareholders.

"We look forward to continuing to disrupt our industry and to inspire even more people to achieve their health and fitness goals through F45’s innovative workouts combined with our nutrition program.”

Images: Body Fit Training was launched in 2018 (top) and F45 Training has a presence in more than 50 countries (below).

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