Essential sued over wireless connector technology packed inside the Essential Phone

Essential sued over wireless connector technology packed inside the Essential Phone

Troubles continue to plague Android co-creator's startup Essential, as the company has been recently sued for stealing connectivity technology. Keyssa Inc., a company backed by iPod co-creator Tony Fadell filed a lawsuit against Essential, accusing the startup of using stolen wireless connector technology.

According to Keyssa's officials, the company had been working since 2009 designed for mobile phones that would allow transfers of large amounts of data without using wires or Wi-Fi connections.

A few months ago, Keyssa signed a partnership with Samsung and Foxconn's parent company, Hon Hai Precision, and others to make this particular technology a standard feature on handsets.

However, the Essential Phone that made its debut on the market earlier this month comes with a wireless connector include, which is used to communicate with the camera. The Essential Phone does not feature an embedded primary camera, so those who want to be able to take pictures must purchase a separate accessory.

Furthermore, Keyssa and Essential were negotiating for about 10 months the inclusion of such technology inside the Essential Phone, but Andy Rubin's company suddenly decided to stop the discussions and use a different chip.


The chip was made by SiBEAM, a rival company owned by Lattice Semiconductor. However, Keyssa claims that the chip used by Essential features many of the techniques developed by its own engineers. 

Also, the information shared with Essential during discussions were trade secrets, so the company was not allowed to use it for commercial use due to a signed non-disclosure agreement, hence the lawsuit.

source: Reuters

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9 Comments

1. Dr.SamX

Posts: 233; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

---Essential Phone does not feature an embedded primary camera, so those who want to be able to take pictures must purchase a separate accessory.--- HUH???

4. deanylev

Posts: 234; Member since: Mar 11, 2014

Yeah, who even thought of writing this nonsense...

8. lallolu

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

They got me scratching my head for a minute there.

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It was expected that a start-up company would use some patents without license. With the Essential phone's numerous issues and lack of availability, along with new lawsuits, the company's journey could end before it really begins.

3. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1137; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It really kind of depends on the situation, this could just be a company that's annoyed for being passed over after months of collaboration and negotiation. They undoubtedly spent months and money working with Essential to aid in development and then to be dropped for a competitor hurts. Time will tell.

7. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Exactly what I was thinking. They have an issue with the cost of doing business. Essential broke off because likely the company was tryout to be too greedy. Essential found another option. The latter is pissed, so they will be like Apple and sue because they are mad.

5. HTCOE

Posts: 650; Member since: Nov 20, 2011

they're done

6. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

I am so confused. The Essential phone doesn't have a primary camera? https://www.gsmarena.com/_essential_ph_1-8710.php Then what's that on the back of the phone? Looks like a dual camera sensor. Also if Essential went to another company for the tech, what leg does this company stand on? They claim it appears to use tech they use? When tech is similar, won't they look similar?

9. Sparkxster

Posts: 1146; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I hope Essential wins the lawsuit. I doubt they are using stolen technology. The company sueing Essential is just mad they passed over them and choose a different supplier.

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