Thursday, 9 November 2017

Israel-based firm sues Apple over alleged dual-lens camera patent infringement

An Israel-based dual lens camera technology company Corephotonics has filed a lawsuit against 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 the lawsuit, Corephotonics reached out to Apple “as one of its first acts as a company” to establish a strategic partnership. The exchanges with Apple continued for some time but never resulted in a license agreement for Corephotonics’ dual lens technology.

The suit further revealed that Apple infringed four patents that Corephotonics filed between 2012 and 2015. Of the four, two patents were on mini telephoto lens assembly, one patent on dual aperture zoom digital cameras, and one on high resolution thin multi-aperture imaging systems, which is essentially an umbrella term that covers what dual lens cameras are.

The company claims that its dual aperture camera technology has two fixed-focal-length lenses, including a wide angle and a telephoto lens, which is what Apple uses in its iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.

The lawsuit is demanding monetary compensation for the lawyers that Corephotonics have hired along with additional damages. It is also demanding that Apple stop using dual-aperture cameras immediately.

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