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Apple just got sued for patent infringements with the Watch heart rate sensor

A startup called Omni MedSci, has claimed that Apple had knowledge of the patents held by it even before breaking them.

  • Published: April 9, 2018 3:05 PM IST
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It is not the best time in the world for the Apple Watch right now. After the recent development with the major companies pulling out its apps from the WatchOS. Now Apple has been charged with a patent infringement lawsuit by a startup called Omni MedSci.

Omni MedSci claims that Apple Watch’s heart rate sensor infringes upon four different patents. The patents reference the company’s own technology where a wearable device that uses a source of light and a receiver to capture non-invasive blood measurements. According to the startup, Apple has been using the same technology in its Watch.

Omni MedSci’s Founder and CTO, Dr. Mohammed N. Islam, said that he had held meetings with a series of messages with the Cupertino based tech giant between June 2014 and July 2016. He stated that the startup had offered Apple the opportunity to acquire the technology during this time which it had declined.

It has been stated in the lawsuit that Dr. Islam was having correspondence and meetings with Dr. Michael O’Reilly and Michael Hillman from Apple. And apparently on December 21, 2017, Dr. O’Reilly contacted MedSci’s Dr. Islam saying, “We don’t wish to receive any information about any of your IP (Intellectual Property).”

The lawsuit from Omni MedSci claims that Apple was aware of the four patents and are now asking for compensation for the damages. The claims include damages for Apple’s infringement of the patent, court expenses and other relief for Omni MedSci.

This trouble for Apple follows the incidents where companies like eBay, Amazon, Instagram, Google Maps and Twitter are taking down its apps from the watchOS. This is because Apple now demands that all app devs have to update its app using watchOS 2 SDK and new apps be created using watchOS 4 SDK. This essentially means that developers have to almost rebuild the existing apps.

  • Published Date: April 9, 2018 3:05 PM IST