An Israeli start-up company that has raised more than $50 million in venture capital to expand on its patented dual camera technology has sued Apple, claiming the Cupertino-based tech giant refused to work with the company and showed open disdain for the patent.
The Israeli company was founded in 2012 by Dr. David Medlovic, a Tel Aviv University professor and former chief scientist in the Israeli government.
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Coincidentally, Corephotonics is being represented by law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which is the same firm that advised Samsung during its patent suits with Apple. Apple's negotiator said it would take "years and millions of dollars" before the iPhone maker would have to pay if it did infringe, according to Corephotonics' version of events.
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Somehow, consumers also got roped into the lawsuit.
The patented dual-lens camera technologies for smartphones included optical zoom and a mini telephoto lens assembly. It is also calling for Apple to stop using dual-aperture cameras immediately.
We've reached out to Corephotonics and Apple for comment and will update if we hear back.