Israeli company sues Apple for dual lens camera patent infringement

Israeli company sues Apple for dual lens camera patent infringement

Yolanda Curtis
November 8, 2017

An Israeli based startup Corephotonics has now sued Apple alleging that the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones infringe upon four of its patents related to dual-camera technology. According to a new report from Reuters, Israeli start-up Corephotonics has filed a patent suit against Apple alleging that the dual-camera technology used in the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus infringe on its patented technology... However, the negotiator had apparently "expressed contempt" for the company; saying that it could easily infringe on the patents with little to no consequences. Apple praised the start-up's technology but refused to license it, Corephotonics said, even suggesting it could infringe the latter's patents with little outcome. The patents were filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office between November 2013 and June 2016. We reported on one past year that outlined features such as optical zoom, Portrait Mode, and several others.

A short time later, Apple released the iPhone 7, which utilizes the technology discussed, with Apple fully aware that it was protected by patents.

Meanwhile, through its latest funding round in January, Corephotonics raised $15 million from investors that included Samsung Ventures, electronics manufacturer Foxconn and chipmaker MediaTek. While the company is yet to respond to the suit or issue a public comment, it was at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in 2016, Corephotonics displayed its dual-camera technologies. Foxconn, of course, is an Apple manufacturing partner.

Corephotonics is represented by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the law firm that advised Samsung Electronics Co on its patent litigation with Apple.

According to the lawsuit filed, Apple infinged four patents that Corephotonics filed between 2012 and 2015. There is no mention of iPhone X in the filing, probably due to the device being launched last Friday.

It will be years before we see an outcome of this lawsuit.

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