An administrative law judge of the International Trade Commission of the U.S. issued an initial determination that clears Garmin and Fitbit of a charge that they have been infringing on patents held by Koninklijke Philips and its North American subsidiary. In December 2019, the Dutch electronics multinational had brought a trade lawsuit against the two wearables companies as well as Ingram Micro and two Chinese manufacturers, asking for an import ban by the U.S. on the related devices. If Philips appeals the preliminary verdict, the full U.S. commission will have to review the case.