Corephotonics, an Israel-based company has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus smartphones infringe upon four of its patents related to dual-camera technology.
Corephotonics filed the lawsuit in a federal court in northern California where Apple is headquartered, as per MacRumors reported late on Tuesday,
The company claims that the two iPhone models copied its patented telephoto lens design, optical zoom method and a method for intelligently fusing images from the wide-angle and telephoto lenses to improve image quality.
Newly-launched “super-premium” iPhone X also has the dual-camera system but was not part of the lawsuit as of now, the report added.
“Corephotonics claims that Apple was approached regarding a partnership. Apple allegedly praised the technology, but refused a license, and “expressed contempt” about Corephotonics patent filings,” AppleInsider reported.
The CEO Corephotonics, Mr. David Mendlovic was well aware of the fact that it would take “years and millions of dollars in litigation” before Apple might have to pay anything to the startup. Apple has yet to respond to the suit or issue a public comment.
Notably, The Corephotonics displayed its dual-camera technologies at Mobile World Congress (MWC) back in 2016.
Corephotonics was founded in 2012, which is led by Tel Aviv University Professor David Mendlovic. The company is a self-claimed pioneer in the field of dual-camera technologies for smartphones.
Just for a note, in 2015, Apple had acquired another Israeli camera company called LinX Imaging that also specializes in creating multi-aperture camera equipment for mobile devices.