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Samsung Galaxy Ring aims for August launch but faces potential patent challenge from Oura Ring

Samsung is gearing up to launch its first smart ring, the Galaxy Ring, in August. But legal challenges from competitor Oura could stall its arrival.

By: HT TECH
Updated on: Jun 05 2024, 07:09 IST
Samsung is set to launch its first smart ring, Galaxy Ring, in August. But legal challenges from competitor Oura loom large. (AFP)

Tech giant Samsung is gearing up to launch its first-ever smart ring, the Galaxy Ring, this August. This wearable device promises to track health metrics and offer insights on improving well-being. However, Samsung's path to market might not be smooth sailing, as they anticipate a potential legal battle with Oura, a well-established player in the smart ring industry.

Oura has a history of suing competitors, claiming their products infringe on patents they hold for smart ring technology, according to a recent report from Bloomberg Law. These patents seem to cover common features found in most smart rings, such as built-in batteries, fitness goal tracking systems, and health sensor integration. This creates a significant hurdle for new entrants like Samsung, who want to offer similar functionalities.

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Samsung Seeks Legal Clarity Before Launch

To pre-empt any legal challenges, Samsung is seeking a ruling from a California court to determine if the Galaxy Ring violates Oura's patents. This proactive approach aims to ensure a smooth launch and avoid disruptions after the product hits the market.

Innovation at Stake?

The specific details of the patents in question haven't been made public. However, it appears Oura might be trying to claim ownership over basic functionalities that are essential for any smart ring. This could potentially stifle innovation and limit consumer choice in the growing smart ring market.

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Samsung's legal challenge could weaken Oura's position, especially if the court determines that these features are fundamental to the concept of a smart ring and shouldn't be covered by patents. This would pave the way for a more competitive market where companies can freely develop and offer diverse smart ring options to consumers.

A New Player in the Smart Wearables Market

The upcoming launch of the Galaxy Ring signifies Samsung's entry into a rapidly expanding market for wearable health trackers. Consumers looking for alternatives to traditional smartwatches might find smart rings appealing due to their sleek design and comfortable wearability.

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Despite the legal uncertainties, August is shaping up to be a significant month for the wearables market with the arrival of the Galaxy Ring. This new entrant, coupled with established players like Oura, could lead to a surge of innovation and development in smart ring technology, ultimately benefiting health-conscious consumers.

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First Published Date: 04 Jun, 13:59 IST
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