An Israeli company called Corephotonics has decided to sue Apple for allegedly infringing on 4 of its patents. The firm specializes in dual-lens camera technology for mobile devices and claims the latter knowingly stole its ideas for the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.
The patents were registered between 2013 and 2016, covering optical zoom, a mini telephoto lens assembly, telephoto lens design, and a way to fuse photos taken from a wide-angle and telephoto lens. Weirdly enough, the iPhone X isn’t part of the lawsuit. This could be because it’s a relatively new product.
Corephotonics states that one of the first things it did as a company was to get in touch with Apple in the hopes of striking a strategic partnership. The relationship apparently started out strong, with it getting many encouraging reports and positive feedback from the Cupertino-based brand.
However, the two never struck a licensing deal. Corephotonics goes on to allege that Apple had knowledge of its patents, even going as far as to submit them as prior art in a patent application. The tech giant’s lead negotiator supposedly expressed contempt for Corephotonics’ patents.
He apparently told Corephotonics that even if there was infringement, it would take years and millions of dollars in litigation before Apple might have to pay something. Making things a bit more interesting is the fact that the brand had actually bought a separate Israeli camera firm called LinX Imaging in 2015, likely using its tech in the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.
This may explain why Apple never reached an agreement with Corephotonics. The truth of the matter is a bit murky right now, so we’ll have to wait and see who emerges as the winner eventually.