Apple sued for patent infringement over iPhone X camera and Do Not Disturb While Driving

Apple sued for patent infringement over iPhone X camera and Do Not Disturb While Driving
Apple has been hit with not one, but two separate patent infringement suits. One is related to the dual camera setup on the back of several models including the Apple iPhone X. The second deals with Apple's Do Not Disturb While Driving feature, which prevents texts, notifications and other messages from making it through to an iPhone when its owner is behind the wheel. We have the actual court filings from both suits which we've embedded below.

The patent infringement suit dealing with the iPhone X camera was filed in Northern California District Court against Apple, by Corephotonics. This is a camera company based in Israel that accuses Apple of infringing on two of its patents dealing with "Miniature Telephoto Lens Assembly." The suit alleges that Apple infringed on both patents with the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, which are the models that are equipped with a dual camera setup.

The filing notes that Corephotonics dual aperture camera technology creates a miniature telephoto lens that fits into a smartphone camera module and still provides the quality and light sensitivity demanded by smartphone consumers. Instead of using a digital zoom that offers poor resolution, Corephotonics technology uses both cameras on the back of a phone to create a combination of digital and optical zoom thanks to the use of algorithms. This provides a stronger magnification without degrading the image.

Apple first showed interest in the patents back in 2012, and in June 2014 it supposedly met in Tel Aviv with the company in order to license the patents. Apple requested a prototype to examine. Talks then broke off, resumed two years later, but again discussions came to an end without a licensing agreement.

The company seeks damages (it claims that Apple willfully infringed on its patents and requests "enhanced damages"), a permanent injunction against Apple and court costs.

The second suit was filed in Eastern Texas District Court by a company named Allied Signal, which was assigned the four patents that Apple is accused of infringing. They deal with a system that is enabled when the velocity of a handset matches the speed of an automobile in motion. When enabled, the system blocks message alerts from going off on the phone although messages marked "Urgent" can be allowed to set off the alert. The system can also be used to block calls unless the caller is on the user's contacts list, or the same caller makes two calls to the phone in a very short period of time (which could signify that the call is about an "urgent" matter).

Allied Signal claims that Apple has infringed the four patents with its Do Not Disturb While Driving feature which blocks notifications and texts if an iPhone senses driving motion. A text marked "urgent" will go through. Calls are blocked except if the caller is from the user's "Favorites" list, or if the same person calls twice in a row. Apple launched this with the release of iOS 11 in September 2017.

Allied Signal seeks damages, pre and post-judgment interest, attorney and court costs. Interestingly, Allied Signal used three of these four patents to file an infringement suit against AT&T back in 2015. Two months after filing the suit, Allied Signal withdrew the complaint.





source: Scribd (1), (2) via AppleInsider

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31 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1278; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

oh yeah, what a cash cow that apple, eh?

23. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Its really sad thing that in whole smartphone industry we have only 2 os of choice,if only people showed love to Microsoft windows mobile platform we would have a 2 powerhouse os rather than only android and restrictive ios os since msft is fully capable of doing stuff what apple can't do even today but google,samsung are doing now.I know msft with steve ballmer screwed up their platform and there were less apps alternatives of choices but what the problem was in such a beautiful, unique platform that msft can't able to deliver than apple could ever do themselves instead of stealing and not paying it.I know market was really crowded,developed and they were late and slow to catch up but for everythings takes times to develop things or anything from start up,be it anybody.Really sad,depressing,grievance,sorrowful reality of evoultion of Mobile market

25. tedkord

Posts: 17414; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

WebOS was the most promising. Win was too restrictive, too.

2. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"Apple first showed interest in the patents back in 2012, and in June 2014 it supposedly met in Tel Aviv with the company in order to license the patents. Apple requested a prototype to examine. Talks then broke off, resumed two years later, but again discussions came to an end without a licensing agreement. " Not the first time we've heard of Apple "requesting a prototype to examine" then breaking off talks, yet the tech appears in their devices a few years later.

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

They did it dozens of time to the developers in the App store, they ban the app and later in the next iteration of iOS, iOS has the same app with similar logo.

11. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

16. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 925; Member since: May 07, 2014

I remember something done in the 'Silicon Valley' TV series.

30. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

Everyone could come up with this idea.

4. fyah_king unregistered

I do like the do not disturb while driving, though.

6. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Another reason to consider isheeps as another breed of dog.

29. theviolinist

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 03, 2018

While we can consider you a subcategory of crap, among the stinkiest types.

7. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

So they’re going after Apple for using a telephoto lens ina smartphone camera, somebody should tell them that Samsung, LG, Huawei and more are also using telephoto lenses.

9. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

They're going after Apple because unlikely those other companies, Apple actively sought out their company, negotiated with the company to get a glimpse of the tech before pulling out and then later came with their own identical design. I know you're an Apple fanatic, but even you should admit that smells funky. It sure sounds like Apple used what they learned and copied it without licensing it. Odds are they'll get paid off.

26. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Ok. That was never mentioned in the article, it just says that talks "broke down" after Apple requested a prototype, it never says they actually received one. I'm not like you so I won't assume that because that backs up my agenda, but it's a possibility. In truth, how many ways are there to build a telephoto lens in a smartphone camera, you can't be serious if you don't believe there are other patent infringements out there. They're going after Apple because they know Apple will pay.

28. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 925; Member since: May 07, 2014

You can't defend it here sheep...

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Dear, LG uses a wideangle lens & not telephoto lens in their dual camera setup.

27. DolmioMan

Posts: 335; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

I thought they used 3x telephoto for the V20. I must be thinking of something else.

20. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Read article.

8. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Another reason to consider isheeps as another breed of dog.

10. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple you cheat, lie and steal! If the affected company sues Apple then Apple sues them back. Apple has a lot of money, so they will keep going and eventually the affected company will loose. Apple is really bad! Thanks to iFans who buys these crappy apple products!

12. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

No surprise here. Apple is the biggest thief there is. Hay we are interested in you tech can we see prototype, never mind we won't buy it but we will steal it and not pay you.

13. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

who is the COPY CAT NOW?.... haha. damn u apple...

17. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 925; Member since: May 07, 2014

That's not copying, that's theft.

24. shm224

Posts: 295; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

Apple's official corporate motto: "good artists copy; great artists steals"

14. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'd be shocked to find the other dual camera setups are not infringing on these same patents.

21. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

My biggest problem with every little solution being patented: others are likely to eventually come to the same conclusion on how to achieve something due to having to deal with similar constraints. I wouldn't be surprised if other manufacturers are unknowingly using a solution that uses the same principles. That's not to say that these little solutions are undeserving of being patented or protected, but it is a legitimate and difficult to solve problem in my opinion.

15. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I get that Apple is shady but calling their users sheep because of this is beyond stupid....like I’ve said before buy whatever the fck you want and keep it moving.

19. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

But they are Sheep. Sheeple is even a word now, just because of apple iFans!

22. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

What apple call "INNOVATION"..is actually a THEFT !!!

31. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO Where are all the isheep defending apple.

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