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Apple Sued Over Dual-Lens Cameras in iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus
By Izza Sofia, 09 Nov 2017
Israeli company Corephotonics filed a lawsuit against Apple yesterday, just as Apple was awarded $120 million by the Supreme Court after a prolonged battle with Samsung.
Corephotonics, a maker of dual lens camera technology, claims that the cameras featured in the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus infringe on four of its patents.
Corephotonics, founded in 2012, describes itself as a pioneer in the development of dual camera technologies for mobile devices. The company’s founders, led by Tel Aviv University professor Dr. David Mendlovic, have decades of experience in the fields of optics and miniature digital cameras.
In its complaint, Corephotonics said one of its first acts as a company was to contact Apple. Despite receiving “many encouraging reports” and “positive feedback” from the iPhone maker, the companies never reached a license of any kind.
Corephotonics named four patents it filed between 2012 and 2015 that it says Apple infringed: two patents on mini telephoto lens assembly, one patent on dual aperture zoom digital cameras, and one on high resolution thin multi-aperture imaging systems, which is essentially an umbrella term that covers what dual lens cameras are.
The lawsuit highlights how Corephotonics’ dual aperture camera technology has two fixed-focal length lenses, including a wide angle and a telephoto lens, which is what Apple uses in its iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus.
The suit demands monetary compensation for the lawyers the Israeli firm has had to hire as well as additional damages. It is also calling for Apple to stop using dual-aperture cameras immediately. iPhone X is not listed as an infringing product, despite having a dual-lens camera, perhaps because the device just launched.
[via CNET, opening image via Apple]
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