Ura sues Indian ride-hailing startup Ultrahuman for patent infringement – Times of India

HoorayA Finnish health wearable startup filed a lawsuit against ultra humanOne of its biggest competitors based in India, which also makes smart rings like Oura.
Ura claims that Ultrahuman copied her ringdevice and gained access to proprietary information in violation of its patents. In addition, the Finnish startup claims that Ultrahuman used former Oura employees and investors to develop its competing smart ring product. The lawsuit was filed in a Texas court in early September.
Oura has so far released three versions of its smart ring, which track various metrics such as heart rate variability, blood oxygen levels and sleep patterns. Ultrahuman, on the other hand, originally developed sensors for health and exercise tracking. It introduced its first finger-worn device called the Ring last year and a new version called the Ring Air earlier this year, both of which are similar in function to Oura rings.
Oura claims Ultrahuman is infringing patents, poaching employees and more
According to Oura, Ultrahuman copied their seal technology, infringing the Finnish company's patents. Oura claims that Ultrahuman gained access to their proprietary information through former employees and also requested its current engineers.
In addition, the company claims that Ultrahuman may have benefited from early investors who had access to Oura's confidential information before launching its own Ultrahuman Ring.. Its investors include Alpha Wave, Steadview Capital and Nexus Venture Partners.
The Finnish startup claims that Ultrahuman copied several details and features of the Oura ring in its own product, the Ultrahuman Ring. Features copied include the use of titanium, skin sensors, and PPG sensors to measure various health metrics, and the use of batteries from the same vendors.
Ura has also accused Ultrahuman of copying his social media content to promote its own device, claiming the resemblance is too similar to be a mere coincidence.
What does Ultrahuman say?
Ultrahuman founder and CEO Mohit Kumar took to X (formerly Twitter) to say his company will win the wearables market and pitch. Kumar alleges that Oura has been embroiled in numerous lawsuits against companies in the wearables industry. And he goes on to point out that Oura itself is being sued by other companies for patent infringement.
“We will win this space and we will win it fairly. We welcome competition in this space and our right to win is our ability to control end-to-end design and manufacturing, along with streamlined apartment pricing and consumer policies,” said Kumar.
Ura is seeking damages for Ultrahuman's violations and is seeking all profits received.