Lawsuit accuses Apple of using underhanded tactics to gain access to patented heart-rate tech for Apple Watch

“Biometric specialist Valencell – whose technology is licensed by iRiver, LG, Sony and others – has filed a lawsuit accusing Apple of using underhand tactics to gain access to its patented technology for use in the Apple Watch,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5mac.

“The company claims that Apple violated three of its patents for improving the accuracy and reliability of heart-rate data when using the photoplethysmography (PPG) approach used in the Apple Watc,” Lovejoy reports. “But the lawsuit alleges more than just patent infringement, reports AI: it also claims that Apple used deceptive techniques to get access to the technology.”

Lovejoy reports, “Specifically, it suggests that Apple feigned interest in a partnership agreement with Valencell, and that IP addresses belonging to Apple were used to download white papers using fake contact details.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Valencell has also filed a separate lawsuit that alleges similar actions on the part of Fitbit.


    1. I guess it depends on how ‘public’ the whitepapers were.. From the article I get the feeling that an account had to be created with sufficient personal information to gain access to those white papers.

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