Suit seeks to block sales of the Apple Watch, claims Apple tricked company to obtain technology

Suit seeks to block sales of the Apple Watch, claims Apple tricked company to obtain technology
There is never a dull moment for that pinstriped wearing, high powered team called Apple's in-house counsel. Once again these hardy souls have been called out to the battleground, the courtroom, carrying weapons like their 8.5-inch by 14-inch legal pads. Fueled by substances like caffeine and Lo Mein, this team does away with sleep in order to fight for Cupertino.

A biometrics sensor company called Valencell has filed a suit against Apple claiming that they were hoodwinked by the tech titan. According to the suit, which was filed in a North Carolina district court yesterday, Apple pretended to have an interest in partnering with Valencell in order to receive prototypes and other information pertaining to the company's heart rate sensing technology. The plaintiff is seeking a court-ordered injunction against sales of the Apple Watch, and damages.

Apple allegedly used third parties to avail themselves of information about Valencell's "PerformTek-Powered" biometric technology. The data and other information were available from "white papers" that Valencell was offering on its website to anyone filling out an online form first. According to the filing, white papers were requested from various IP addresses that were owned by Apple. The online forms filled out on Apple's behalf  allegedly contained misleading information that hid the fact that Apple had requested the data.

In June 2013, Apple met Valencell cofounder and president Dr. Steven LeBoeuf and other employees. More data and samples were made available to Apple. When the company announced the Apple Watch, it included a heart rate sensor based on photoplethysmography (PPG), the same technique used by Valencell. The process uses infrared and green LED lights to detect blood flow. Valencell has a patented process that improves the accuracy of the technology.



source: Scribd via AppleInsider

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62 Comments

1. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Well hardy har har. Sorry, I had nothing relevant to add.

40. Techist

Posts: 311; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

OK. Let me respond with something relevant: Steve Jobs once admitted that "... we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas." So we really shouldn't be surprised by what is going on here. Apple's been doing this all along.

44. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Yep Apple just being a "great artist" AGAIN! O.o

62. cheetah2k

Posts: 2266; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Good to see the little guys fighting back against the Apple brigade. Apple have no shame. An American company blatantly stealing IP from Americans. Amazing that Americans can stand this sh!t and still buy Apple.

2. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Apple is seriously the worst Company ever. I wish iboys would come see the light, but they are too busy sniffing Apple's butt.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Google violates many antitrust laws, uses your information for monetary purposes, and is a monopoly.

5. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

How is Google a monopoly?

57. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because they are so great and no one can compete with them?

6. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

Sheep spotted He's too far up Apple's ass to save lolz. Slowly back away from the poor soul.

16. Nopers unregistered

Being completely impartial here, but do you perhaps not realize that you could be at exactly the same level of ignorance.

29. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

No one is ever completely impartial, especially on sites like these. Still he shows the same level of ignorance as an Apple sheep.

23. keekai05

Posts: 116; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Hater spotted. You've only registered over a month ago and you're on every Apple article. Too much hate? Was your childhood unhappy?

28. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I guess his childhood days aren't over yet

15. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Every company uses people's information for monetary purposes.

31. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Besides that, it's not like Google has been secretly doing this. Everyone knows they collect data and use it for monetary purposes. They are quite transparant in the data they collect, allowing you to delete that data or ask them what they have on you. There are worst companies hardly anyone knows about like Acxiom or Experian. Even Paypal is way worse with its data mining (and brokering)

32. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Hey, don't knock Experian, they're pretty useful where I work... :p

33. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

lol sorry ;)

42. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple especially.

41. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Google yes uses your information which you agree to give them for that purpose. They don't see you info. They use the information they get from you that YOU AGREE TO GIVE them for the sole purpose of ad revenue. Google is not allowed to sell your info under law without your expressed consent. That doesn't mean if you log into your Google account and search for a bike, that you wont be presented with an ad for a similar product. This is not equally the same. You know this already. You are trying to sidestep the issue to post you're typical fanfare BS. Grow some gonads and stand up for what is right even if your favorite is wrong.

49. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

Mxyptilk. What has Google to do with this CASE. The iPhone is a Monopoly on the iOS, haven't you notice! O.o In the background i'm hearing, "doctor, doctor, this patient can not be saved"... One thing Mxyptilk did here is change the topic of the forum. Good Jooaaaab. O.o

55. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's deflection. Something negative was said about Apple, and he had a pathological need to defend them. So he tries to push the attention to Google.

4. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

You think Apple is the only company that does this? Looks like you are too busy sniffing your own butt.

10. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

When did I say Apple was the only Company that does this? I suggest you turn off your computer before you hurt yourself.

54. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

You said "Apple is seriously the worst Company ever. I wish iboys would come see the light, but they are too busy sniffing Apple's butt." This implies that Apple is the only one cheating. Rather, I suggest you turn off your computer before you hurt yourself.

59. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

To people can commit a crime or even a similar crime, but one could do something that makes them worse. Liek maybe this is the 100th time they did it vs the other only did it once. No one said no one else does this or have done it. Right now this is Apple who does it and have done it more than once.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's all alleged at this point, but wouldn't surprise me in the least. It's a pattern with Apple that dates at least back to 1979 and Xerox Parc. C'mon, Tim. You've got the money to pay royalties properly, and the talent to work out newer ideas. You don't need this.

9. Mxyzptlk unregistered

tedkord you should really read your comments before posting them.

11. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

^says the blind sheep. Maybe he wouldn't be blind if his head wasn't so far up Apple's Butt!

13. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Real original.

17. DellDeep

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

^Likewise

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