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Apple Sued By Israeli Company For Patent Infringement On Dual Camera Technology

iPhone 7 Camera.Maurizio Pesce/Flickr

Another day, another lawsuit for Apple to contend with. This time, the Cupertino firm is being sued by a company based in Israel for supposedly infringing on a patent involving the dual cameras on the iPhone 7 and 8. According to the Israeli firm, Apple expressed very little concern about infringing on its patent, even saying that the consequences would be minimal.

The company in question is Corephotonics, which is based in Tel Aviv, Business Insider reports. The startup sued Apple in a California court on Monday for using its dual camera technology on the iPhone 7 and 8 without prior authorization.

Apparently, this didn’t have to be the case as Corephotonics Chief Executive David Mendlovic supposedly approached Apple to form a partnership. The Cupertino firm apparently rejected the offer while expressing interest in the company’s technology. The lawsuit also claims that Apple even said that it could infringe on its patents without risking much.

"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," the complaint reads.

Just to make this situation worse for everyone, the lawsuit even got consumers of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 involved, The Verge reports. Apparently, anyone who bought either of those two smartphones is also infringing on the patent held by the Israeli company since Apple was allegedly selling the units while willfully infringing on the patent.

The lawsuit is asking for damages caused by the patent infringement as well as legal fees for the lawyers that the firm enlisted. The startup is also demanding that Apple stop using the dual camera technology that it supposedly owns.

Oddly enough, the lawsuit didn’t involve the iPhone X even though the more expensive phone also sports dual cameras. This hints that the lawsuit was prepared without prior knowledge of the device.

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