Apple Gets Sued Over iPhones’ Dual Lens Camera

Apple is getting sued over a feature in some of its latest iPhones. Israel-based company Corephotonics has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the tech giant, alleging that it violated four of its patents regarding dual-camera technology used in the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8.

Corephotonics was founded in 2012 by Tel Aviv University professor and scientist Dr. David Medlovic. In the documents filed in San Jose, California federal court on Monday, November 6, the company claims that it once approached Apple to introduce thedual lens technology and asked them for partnership.

Apple seemed to be interested in it and praised the technology, but never agreed to license it. They also allegedly “expressed contempt for Corephotonics’ patents” and told Mendlovic that “even if Apple infringed, it would take years and millions of dollars in litigation before Apple might have to pay something.”

Coreophotonics further explains the technology they Apple is allegedly infringing, saying that their dual aperture camera technology has two fixed-focal length lenses including a wife angle and a telephoto lens – basically the same things found in the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8. However, they don’t mention anything about the iPhone X though they may add in the future.

The Israeli company is now demanding Apple to pay undiclosed amount of money in damages as well as to cover the lawyer fees. They additionally want Apple to stop using the dual-aperture cameras immediately.

What do you think of the lawsuit? Do you think Apple really did infringe on the said technology? Voice your comments below!

6 thoughts on “Apple Gets Sued Over iPhones’ Dual Lens Camera

  • November 9, 2017 at 6:49 pm
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    It looks like Apple bought the 2nd company as a cover operation for stealing the 1st company’s ideas. Not good. 🙁

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  • November 12, 2017 at 5:55 pm
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    Not even an iPhone user and this is a clear case of a patent troll. The Honor 8 had dual lens with faux-bokeh before Apple but of course they go for the biggest fish.

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    • January 23, 2018 at 6:40 pm
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      How can they be a “patent-troll” when they actually sell products? Link. Additionally, what makes you think these other companies didn’t license the technology from this company as opposed to what Apple did and threaten them with a prolonged legal battle.

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  • November 13, 2017 at 6:25 pm
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    Okay wait…. so there were two competing Israeli companies with the same idea (patent protection, anyone?), Apple bought the second one, and now the first one is crying? Gotcha.

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  • November 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm
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    Lol at a Chinese company playing fair.

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  • January 16, 2018 at 9:09 am
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    IMO all patents should be free after 2 years as all these big companies steal not just Apple. I reckon the Israeli company got greedy when the name apple was mentioned. Volvo allowed their seat belt patent to be used free by everyone, does this mean all cars are the same?
    It is fair to say that Apple are throwing their weight around more when it comes to the patents they are meant to be paying for. What gets me is why everyone is surprised?

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