The smartphone industry is never short of drama.
Not so long ago, Apple won a $120 million lawsuit against Samsung and a few days later, the iPhone maker is now in trouble over the technology used on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus dual camera system.
According to an Israeli startup, Apple went ahead and used its dual-lens camera technology on the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus without permission. The startup, which is known as Corephotonics, has filed a lawsuit in a federal court in San Jose claiming Apple didn’t have the authority to use the already patented technology in the two phones.
In the lawsuit that was filed on Monday, the Tel Aviv-based company says that it had talked to Cupertino about the possibilities of having a partnership, but the latter passed on licensing the technology. Apparently, an Apple lead negotiator told the CEO of the company, Dr. Mendlovic, that even if Apple ended up infringing Corephotonics’ patents, it would take years and millions in litigation before the iPhone maker has to pay something. As a result, the Israeli startup is seeking damages, but the exact figure hasn’t been mentioned so far.
The iPhone 7 Plus was Apple’s first dual-lens smartphone and it has recently been followed by the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, but the latter isn’t anywhere near the lawsuit.