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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The iPhone's dual camera, on trial for plagiarism

Apple is the target of another lawsuit for patent infringement. According to a new report from Reuters, the Israeli company Corephotonics filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming that the dual camera technology used in the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus infringes its patented technology.

Corephotonics CEO David Mendlovic says he made contact with Apple for a possible partnership, but with little success. According to reports, Apple praised the company's technology and even said it "could infringe" the patent "with few consequences".

According to the lawsuit, " Apple's chief negotiator expressed contempt for Corephotonics patents, telling Dr. Mendlovic and others that even if Apple infringed, it would take years and millions of dollars in litigation before Apple has to pay anything ."

Specifically, Corephotonics alleges that Apple infringes four of its patents related to technology for dual-camera smart phone sensors and features such as optical zoom. Patents were filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office between November 2013 and June 2016 . The iPhone 7 Plus was launched in September 2016.

Apple owns its own patents for dual camera technology. They describe features such as optical zoom, vertical mode and many others.

Corephotonics has raised $ 50 million in funds, most recently through a round of 15 million the likes of Samsung Ventures, MediaTek and Foxconn. Foxconn, of course, is Apple's manufacturing partner.

Coincidentally, Corephotonics is being represented by the Quinn law firm Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which is the same firm that advised Samsung during its patent lawsuits with Apple . The case was filed yesterday in federal court in San Jose, California.

Interestingly, the iPhone X is not mentioned in the Corephotonics lawsuit, but it is likely to be added at a later date since it was only released last week.

Via | 9to5mac

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