Apple accused of stealing technology used on its dual camera iPhones

Apple accused of stealing technology used on its dual camera iPhones
If you have a good memory, you might recall that Apple was sued by Corephotonics for patent infringement back in November 2017. The Israeli firm said that Apple used technology from its patents without a license for the dual cameras and zoom features on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus. On Wednesday, according to Scribd (via iDrop News), Corephotonics filed a new suit that claims Apple infringed on 10 of its patents on each dual-camera iPhone released after the iPhone 7 Plus. Those models include the iPhone 8 Plus, the iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The papers were filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. In the lawsuit, Corephotonics seeks a Judgment in its favor, a permanent injunction against Apple, enhanced damages due to Apple's "willful infringement," and attorneys' fees.

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.


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.


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.

Corephotonics Dual-Camera L... by Mikey Campbell on Scribd

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17 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I guess this really does mean that Apple isn't that innovative anymore. But let's be honest. I think most people already knew that already.

3. Papa_Ji

Posts: 873; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Apple is just like any other chinese company....which collect parts from market and arrange them together to call it there own product. The only diference is that they swap rotten fruit logo on them.

8. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Wonder why chinese companies copy what apple mades? And even major smartphone providers are now joining the "No Headphone Jack" bandwagon....

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1095; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

You mean the No-headphone jack that the Moto Z had prior to the i7?

14. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Moto Z only had a small impact. Apple, on the other hand had gave the reason for having the No headphone jack. And that's what most people are using right now. And this was just one of the examples.

15. blingblingthing

Posts: 979; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

You can't follow something that was already done and claim you started it. What next, Apple sold more phones than Motorola, so we can claim Apple sold cell phones first now?

16. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 738; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

If you think it was already done. How come it didn't became popular? The one that motorola did have modular design. Apple approach it with bluetooth earbuds. And from that day. Bluetooth technology has evolved thanks to apple's approach. As of now. You can buy a wide variety of bluetooth headphones or earbuds because people who used it have less hassle. If apple didn't do it. How would bluetooth technology evolve? Look at the modular approach of motorola. Did it become popular?

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Shocking/s

5. Vogue1985

Posts: 488; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Hmmmm what else have they stolen

10. mackan84

Posts: 609; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

About 10% of the consumers

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1459; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And millions worth of IP.

7. vickygamit

Posts: 54; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Well apple started patent wars with rounded corner so.......

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1948; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Considering their founder said "Good artists borrow. Great artists steal", this should come as no surprise. This lawsuit will go nowhere.

11. irwan92

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 12, 2013

Stingy fat pig.. spend your money instead of stealing,moron..

17. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LOL, this is not surprising at all.

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