Apple is facing a federal lawsuit after it allegedly infringed on the patents of Masimo in the features of the Apple Watch. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California by Masimo and Cercacor, its subsidiary.
The plaintiffs are alleging that Apple violated 10 of its patents with the Apple Watch. One of the features under dispute in the lawsuit is Apple’s monitoring system for blood oxygen content and heart rate that works with light emitters. Masimo is asking for Apple to be prevented from using its patented inventions in the future.
Apple has faced other lawsuits for allegedly violating patents. In 2019, a cardiologist filed a lawsuit against Apple for infringing on his patented heart rate monitoring system. Qualcomm previously sued Apple for patent infringement, but the companies settled the lawsuit in April 2019 with Apple agreeing to a six-year licensing agreement and payment for using Qualcomm’s technology. Apple has also faced several antitrust lawsuits, including a complaint that was filed by Spotify in Europe in 2019.
Companies that are embroiled in intellectual property disputes might benefit from getting help from experienced business litigation lawyers. The attorneys might negotiate with the other party to try to reach a settlement agreement. If a settlement cannot be reached, the attorneys might fight to protect their interests by litigating on their behalf. Lawyers might be able to secure permanent injunctions against further use of their clients’ patented inventions and damages to compensate their clients for the monetary losses that they have suffered. They might also secure agreements for the other companies to continue using the inventions with licensing rights in exchange for compensation.
Source: Yahoo, “Apple faces lawsuit for alleged violation of Masimo patents“, Jan. 10, 2020