Apple isn’t a stranger to patent lawsuits, so it’s not a shocker that the company is once more accused of infringement. It’s the second time, though, when the tech titan is brought to court for using someone’s else heart monitoring technology.
This time, Anne Arbor from Omni MedSci, is accusing the company of knowingly infringing on their patent-pending laser technology developed by one of their own, Dr. Mohammed Islam. Arbor claims that their tech was used in every Apple watch, from Series one. The technology was invented in 2012 and in the course of the same year, Dr. Islam filed a patent application for it.
According to Omni MedSci, Apple took note and invited the doctor to talk about the possibility of licensing or acquiring the patent and patent-pending technology. In the end, iPhone’s maker changed its mind, but not before Islam had given the company important data about the technology and shared the published patent applications.
It seems that Islam has emails proving his statements, including how he sent Apple two of the issued patents and copies of the permitted claims for the other two. But by then, it was too late; an Apple employee replied dryly, ““We [Apple] don’t wish to receive any information about any of your IP [Intellectual Property],”.
Naturally, the lawsuit concludes that “based on the communications and meetings between Dr. Islam and Apple personnel, Apple knew of its infringement of the Patents-in-Suit or was willfully blind to its infringement,”.
If Apple is found guilty, the company will have to pay damages to Omni MedSci. Like we said, this isn’t Apple’s first rodeo. Two years ago, Valencell sued Tim Cook’s company for deceit and patent infringement regarding their heart rate sensor. The claimant said that white papers were downloaded under fake names.