What you need to know
- Masimo Corp. claims Apple stole technology related to health monitoring for use in its Apple Watch.
- A lawsuit claims Apple acquired secret information "under the guise of a working relationship".
- It's also accused of hiring away key employees from the firm who were privy to "extremely sensitive information".
Masimo Corp. has filed a lawsuit against Apple in which it claims Apple stole tech relating to health monitoring for use in its Apple Watch.
According to Bloomberg:
The technology specifically relates to using light as a means for monitoring data such as oxygen levels in the blood and heart rate. According to the report Masimo is seeking to block further use of its patented inventions in the Apple Watch Series 4 and 5, as well as the return of confidential information and unspecified damages.
According to the report:
A year later Apple also hired Marcelo Lamego, a former Masimo scientist who had "unfettered access" to confidential information. It is also claimed that he started filing patent applications for things he had learned at Masimo, and another company, Cercacor.
At the very end of 2019, Apple was also sued over its use of technology used to detect atrial fibrillation in users, over claims it infringes a patent held by Dr. Joseph Wiesel, a professor at the New York University School of Medicine.
This latest suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Central District for California.
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