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Masimo claims Apple stole its tech for health monitoring in the Apple Watch

By Cookie Monster - on 11 Jan 2020, 8:47am

Masimo claims Apple stole its tech for health monitoring in the Apple Watch

The heart rate sensor with photodiodes, infrared and visible-light LEDs on the back of the Apple Watch.

Medical firm Masimo is suing Apple for stealing its technology related to the health monitoring features on the Apple Watch. 

Masimo asserted that Apple infringed on 10 of its patents including those covering ways to measure oxygen levels in blood, and heart rate using light emitters and detectors. The medical firm claims the stolen technologies helped Apple resolve performance issues on the Apple Watch. 

The company also said Apple obtained these information under the guise of a partnership and poached key employees. According to Masimo, Apple approached the company in 2013 for a potential collaboration and wanted to "understand more" about its technology which could potentially be integrated into Apple's products. Maismo stated that Apple took the opportunity to hire O’Rielly, who was then its chief medical officer and had access to extremely sensitive information. 

Apple also hired former Masimo scientist Marcelo Lamego, who had access to confidential technical information. Maismo said Apple began applying for patents based on the information obtained from its former employees.

This isn’t the first lawsuit against Apple for alleged patent infringement related to the Apple Watch. New York University cardiologist Dr. Joseph Wiesel sued Apple last month over a patented heart rate monitoring invention. 

Source: Bloomberg