If there is one thing that happens very often to Apple, it is the lawsuits against it. This time, the MacRumors reported that an Israeli manufacturer of dual cameras for smartphones called Corephotonics entered a dispute against Apple, alleging patent infringement on the cameras of the iPhones 7 Plus and 8 Plus.
Corephotonics, created in 2012, describes itself as “a pioneer and world leader in the market for dual camera technologies for mobile devices”, having been the first company to design, develop and market a “dual camera with uniformly superior next generation zoom” .
Their patents were registered with the US Patent and Trademark Office (United States Patent and Trademark Office) in 2013 and refer to dual camera technologies for smartphones, including optical zoom and a mini-telephoto lens mount.
In the process, the company claims that the two models of iPhones copy its telephoto design, the method used for optical zoom and a feature for the intelligent fusion of images from the two lenses to improve image quality. In addition, they claim that they came in contact with Apple:
In one of its first acts as a company, Corephotonics contacted Apple in the hope of establishing a strategic partnership. Corephotonics has received many encouraging reports and positive comments from Apple about its technology, but the parties have never closed a license agreement regarding it.
Faced with these accusations, it is worth remembering that Apple acquired another Israeli camera company, LinX Imaging, in 2015. It specialized in the same area as Corephotonics and it was probably for this reason that Apple was able to incorporate the technologies of cameras.
The curious thing is that even though the iPhone X also has the dual camera scheme, he was left out of this joke. The reason for such an absence may lie in the fact that it has just been launched and therefore was not yet in the sights of the Israeli company.
With the lawsuit, Corephotonics seeks to receive compensation for the damage caused – to be proved in court – and, in addition, a court order to curb the harmful practice.