Two lawsuits have been filed this week against Apple for two separate alleged infringement. The infringements relate to the dual camera setup on the iPhone X and the Do Not Disturb While Driving feature that Apple introduced in a recent update.
The iPhone camera lawsuit was filed by Corephotonics in the Northern California District Court. Corephotonics are based in Israel and allege that Apple willfully infringed on two patents they own related to “Miniature Telephoto Lens Assembly.”
Apple first showed interest in the patents back in 2012, and in June 2014 it supposedly met in Tel Aviv with the company in order to license the patents. Apple requested a prototype to examine. Talks then broke off, resumed two years later, but again discussions came to an end without a licensing agreement. The company seeks damages, “enhanced damages” for the willful infringement, a permanent injunction against Apple, and court costs.
The lawsuit against the Do Not Disturb feature was filed by Allied Signal in the Eastern Texas District Court. Allied Signal claims that Apple has infringed the four patents with its Do Not Disturb While Driving feature which blocks notifications and texts if an iPhone senses driving motion. A text marked “urgent” will go through. Calls are blocked except if the caller is from the user’s “Favorites” list, or if the same person calls twice in a row. Apple launched this with the release of iOS 11 in September 2017.
Allied Signal seeks damages, pre and post-judgment interest, attorney and court costs. It is interesting to note that the same patents were used by Allied Signal in 2015 against AT&T but was dropped after two months.