Cupertino tech major Apple has a reputation for getting involved in various lawsuits (it sues or gets sued). Now, a new lawsuit suggests Apple could have stolen the camera tech for some of its smartphones.
According to a report by iDrop News, Israeli firm Corephotonics has filed a complaint against Apple in the US District Court, suggesting Apple stole some of its patents.
Apple Dual Camera Lawsuit
Apple has been accused of patent infringement by Corephotonics, which involves dual-camera tech seen in the iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max.
It has been further suggested that Apple stole around 10 of Corephotonics’ patents for its camera tech. The patents were filed at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) between November 2013 and June 2016.
Apart from dual-lens tech, patents involve camera technology such as optical zoom, mini telephoto lens, and a software technique for combining pictures taken from two different camera lenses.
Apple Corephotonics Relationship
Corephotonics and Apple have had a lawsuit relationship since 2017; the former had sued Apple back in 2017 for the same dual-camera tech seen in the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus.
Now, the company has filed another lawsuit that involves more Apple iPhones in the deed.
The Israeli company has also suggested that Apple had met with its team to discuss dual-camera technology and a possible licensing agreement. However, it allegedly stole the tech and presented its version of it on iPhones.
Another thing worth noting is that Apple acquired another Israeli company, LinX, way back in 2015, hinting that Apple could have used its technology in reality.
Corephotonics is demanding an amount to be decided in the jury trial and a permanent injunctive relief.
Two Apple users have sued Apple for not disclosing that it shares user’s iCloud data with third-party services from Amazon and Google. This marks a case of breach of contract, violation of the California Unfair Competition Law, and false advertising.
The lawsuit, filed by Andrea M. Williams and James Stewart, expects class action against the Cupertino tech major.