Medical tech company sues Apple for allegedly stealing patents for Watch

Medical tech company sues Apple for allegedly stealing patents for Watch
The Apple Watch has enjoyed a reputation as an excellent fitness companion thanks to its smart health features, which have even played a part in saving lives (more than once). However, medical tech firm Masimo claims that Apple stole patented technologies in order to make those features possible.

As reported by Bloomberg, Masimo reportedly filed a lawsuit against the Cupertino-based tech firm for infringing ten patents owned by it and its spinoff, Cercacor Laboratories. The patents include important technology for “non-invasive monitoring” of the user’s pulse and other physiological signals. The lawsuit claims that these patents were used for the Apple Watch series 4 and series 5—in fact, Masimo says that Apple did so knowingly.

According to the firm, Apple contacted the company back in 2013 for a potential collaboration. But instead of developing a product together, Apple poached important employees, including Masimo’s former chief medical officer and and a former scientist, who both then worked on the Apple Watch’s health functions.

Masimo states that these former employees divulged confidential and sensitive information. The company is seeking compensation for Apple’s “willful and deliberate” patent infringement, as well as an injunction to block the further use of its technologies in Apple’s products.

This isn’t the first time the iPhone maker has been hit with lawsuits over unethical conduct concerning everything from its virtual assistant Siri to the lack of action to remedy serious design flaws.



1. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I wish I could say I was surprised, but theft has been the foundation of Apple since the beginning.

2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1605; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Allegations are probably true, Apple built themselves on theft and bullying smaller businesses. Occasionally they have an idea, but usually it's just finding ways to use others tech without paying.

3. tbreezy

Posts: 247; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

Lol, this will probably end in some sort of large settlement or royalties being paid anyway. As per usual in tech. BTW, Did Samsung ever pay Apple for all the stealing and copying they did of Apple products?

5. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice way to back that Samsung slam in there. Subtle. Samsung paid a fraction of the original judgement, because most of the patents Apple sued over were invalidated due to them being stolen by Apple in the first place.

4. Vancetastic

Posts: 1887; Member since: May 17, 2017

LOL, the "Apple Way". I find it funny that the same people who slam Samsung and Android for copying are ok with this sort of thing.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well, you know - it's stealing when Samsung (or anyone else) implements anything even remotely close to something Apple has done. It's improving tech when Apple does it.

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1887; Member since: May 17, 2017

Ah, yes...that old chestnut. "Hypocrite" is the word that springs to my mind.

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