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.
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