Apple accused of stealing technology for creating dual cameras
16.08.2019 0 Comments
This has never happened, and here again.
Apple has filed another lawsuit related to patent infringement. This time, the company is accused of stealing technology to create dual-camera smartphones. The plaintiff demands a ban on sales of the latest Aifnov models, as well as compensation for losses and costs of litigation. According to some reports, Samsung may be involved in the case.
The Israeli firm Corephotonics filed a lawsuit. According to her statement, the engineering solutions that Apple used in the dual cameras iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max were developed in Tel Aviv, and not in Cupertino. This is also evidenced by the Corephotonics patents: they describe methods for integrating dual cameras into smartphones, photo-processing algorithms and specifications for mobile telephoto lenses. In total, Apple is accused of violating 10 patents of an Israeli company.
It is noteworthy that the companies have worked closely since the founding of Corephotonics in 2012 until 2014. Apple engineers repeatedly visited the startup’s headquarters in Tel Aviv, in addition, they were given access to technical documentation, test samples, prototypes and other intellectual property. In 2016, after the presentation of the iPhone 7 Plus and sluggish negotiations on licensing Corephotonics technologies, communication between the two companies almost stopped.
A year later, it became apparent that Apple was not interested in officially recognizing the use of other people's technologies. In 2017 and 2018, Corephotonics filed two lawsuits, accusing the opponent of stealing intellectual property. Both are still suspended – the court is awaiting revision of patents by the participants in the proceedings.
In a recent complaint, Corephotonics expressly states: Apple knew it was using other people's technology. Although it does have the necessary patent applications, in some passages they directly copy the specifications of an Israeli firm. Apple has not yet received any comments on this subject.
And finally: Samsung may be involved in the story. In January, she was planning to acquire Corephotonics for $ 155 million and subsequently allegedly even closed the deal, although the parties did not provide official confirmation. Perhaps the new lawsuit is an attempt to spoil the launch of the new iPhone 2019. It should be reminded that it should take place in September.
Apple is often the victim of litigation and antitrust litigation. Most recently, Kaspersky Lab filed another complaint against the company. It will be considered in mid-September.
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