Corephotonics lawsuit portrays ‘innovative’ Apple as a devious copycat

Venture Beat | Aug 15, 2019 at 6:23 PM
  • It’s not exactly “news” that Apple allegedly stole Corephotonics’ multi-lens smartphone camera technologies to use in iPhones.
  • It actually builds on earlier lawsuits filed against Apple in 2017 and 2018, all with the same central claim: Dual-camera iPhones are infringing on technologies Corephotonics patented to let multiple thin, horizontally mounted lenses replicate the optics of one thick, vertically stacked zoom lens.
  • A cynical reading of Apple’s interactions with Corephotonics would suggest that it decided to use Corephotonics’ innovations with or without a license, and had the company submit licensing proposals mostly to establish the damages it might have to pay if it was sued.