The on-going race between smartphone companies is not new to the world where the renowned companies go on charging the startup firms with a hefty amount for copyright infringement. Based on this proposition, Corephotonics suing Apple is rather an unorthodox phenomenon.
Not long ago, in 2012, Dr. David Medlovic, a Tel Aviv University professor and former chief scientist in the Israeli government starts up the company named “Corephotonics Ltd” with a mission to perfect the mobile camera photography. Post the conflicts with Samsung, when Apple receives an award of $120 million by the Supreme Court, it agonizes Corephotonics.
In 2014, Corephotonics first patents its zoom tech for phones comprising of two lenses, one wide and other narrow, set at different levels. Until then such functionality was not there. In the context of today, a numberless phone has zooming technology from Apple to Xiaomi's new Mi 6. However, the first phone whichever introduced such feature is the iPhone 7 Plus.
In accordance to Corephotonics, Apple breaches two patents on mini telephoto lens assembly, one patent on dual aperture zoom digital cameras, and one on high resolution thin multi-aperture imaging systems. The lawsuit brings forward that the two fixed-focal-length lenses, including a wide angle and a telephoto lens, is what the Apple iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone Plus 8 utilizes from Corephotonics.
Moreover, Corephotonics also asserts that whoever purchases the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus are also violating the Corephotonics’ telephoto lens assembly patent. Following this, Corephotonics’ Chief Executive sends a proposal to Apple to work in a joint venture. Apple appreciates the work of Corephotonics but denies to collaborate the business. In sheer aversion, Corephotonics lodges complaint against Apple. The complaint states, “Apple’s lead negotiator expressed contempt for Corephotonics’ patents, telling Dr Mendlovic and others that even if Apple infringed, it would take years and millions of dollars in litigation before Apple might have to pay something.”
Apple claims that, nowadays, there are many smartphones which have dual camera systems with zoom in feature to improvise photo quality, and also affirms that Apple has its own patent on dual camera technology.
Other high profile smartphone companies have joined hand with Corephotonics and raised $15 million to decline Apple’s long-term fame in the smartphone market. Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, the law firm that fought with Apple in the former battle with Samsung Electronics Co on patent litigation will represent Corephotonics.