Corephotonics Sues Apple for Dual Lens Zoom Patent Infringement

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MacRumors: Corephotonics has filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging that the iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus infringe upon four of its patents: US 9,402,032, US 9,568,712, US 9,185,291, and US 9,538,152.

The two iPhones are accused in using patented telephoto lens design, optical zoom method, and a method for fusing images from the wide-angle and telephoto lenses. From the lawsuit:

"As one of its first acts as a company, Corephotonics reached out to Apple in the hopes of establishing a strategic partnership. Corephotonics received many encouraging reports and positive feedback from Apple about its technology, but the parties never concluded a license to the Corephotonics technology.

In fact, after one failed effort to negotiate a license, 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.

Meanwhile, Corephotonics site publishes a comparison of its newer folded optical zoom camera images with ones of iPhone 7+ and other popular smartphones:

Corephotonics Hummingbird reference design
Corephotonics Hawkeye folded optics zoom reference design

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