The new suit, like the previous one, states that Apple met with the company to discuss a possible licensing agreement for its dual-camera technology but instead stole its technology to create its own version for use on the iPhone 7
Plus. The suit says that Apple infringed on Corephotonics patents that were filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) between November 2013 and June 2016. These patents covered technology for optical zoom, mini telephoto lens, and software that would combine the images taken by two rear-facing cameras. Corephotonics said it discovered the infringement by taking apart an iPhone 7 Plus
Corephotonics is the firm that developed Oppo's 10x optical zoom
Corephotonics says that Apple knew about its existing patents even as it filed its own dual-camera patent applications with the USPTO. On the other hand, Apple did purchase another Israeli optical firm called LinX for a reported $20 million back in 2015. That same year, Apple was granted a patent for technology that uses an "L-shaped" camera module
and a reflecting surface to create a zoom lens for a smartphone camera. Apple presents this as being its own innovation and it isn't clear whether this is one of the Apple patents that Corephotonics claims was based on its own technology.
"Apple has infringed and continues to infringe one or more claims of each of the ’233 patent, the ’898 patent, the ’840 patent, the ’647 patent, the ’277 patent, the ’897 patent, the ’479 patent, the ’408 patent, the ’332 patent, and the ’942 patent (collectively the “Asserted Patents”), at least by importing, using, selling, and/or offering to sell the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, and/or iPhone Xs Max (the “Accused Products”), as set forth in detail below. Corephotonics seeks, among other things, monetary damages and injunctive relief."-Corephotonics v. Apple
What gives this filing by Corephotonics some more intrigue is that Samsung was in talks to purchase the company for $150-160 million earlier this year. One report states that the deal was completed at a price of $155 million, although Samsung never released an official statement about the transaction. Corephotonics isn't just a patent troll either. It is the firm behind the 10x optical zoom feature used on the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom
The 10x optical zoom technology used inside the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom
For this year's iPhones, expected to be unveiled on September 10th
, we should see a controversial square camera module in the upper left corner of each model's rear glass panel. According to the rumor mill
, the iPhone Pro (5.8-inch) and iPhone Pro (6.5-inch) will both be equipped with a 12MP primary camera, a 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, and an ultra-wide-angle lens. The latter is expected to support a new feature called "Smart Frame" that will allow the camera to capture extra information outside of the frame. This extra info will be used for cropping or other post-processing features. Meanwhile, the "more affordable" iPhone (2019) will carry only two cameras on back, the 12MP primary camera and the 12MP telephoto camera.
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