Apple has filed two lawsuits in federal court in Delaware, alleging that medical technology company Masimo Corp infringed on several Apple Watch patents. The company alleges that the defendant copied its solutions to the W1 Advanced Health Tracking Watch.
Apple claims that the Masimo smartwatches infringe on ten of its patents, six of which relate to Apple Watch’s health monitoring technology and another four to design elements of the Apple Watch and chargers. Furthermore, Apple has accused Massimo of pushing the Apple Watch out of the US market through intellectual property lawsuits to “make room for Massimo’s own watches.”
According to the Cupertino-based company, Massimo “conducted a major examination of Apple’s intellectual property” in court under the guise of preparing legal arguments and passed confidential information about the Apple Watch to the subsidiary. Simply put, according to Apple, Massimo accessed Apple’s data and used its ideas in its products.
Meanwhile, Massimo said Apple’s lawsuits are “reciprocal” and appear to be an attempt to “distract the litigation from its claims.” Massimo filed lawsuits against Apple in California federal court and the US International Trade Commission in 2020 and 2021, respectively. In the first lawsuit, Apple is accused of theft of trade secrets and infringement of 10 patents, and in the second, Massimo demands to ban the importation of the Apple Watch due to infringement of its patents. Both cases are currently under trial.
Massimo said he had a meeting with Apple in 2013 to discuss possible collaborations and the possibility of integrating his technology into Apple products. Instead, Massimo says, Apple used the meetings to identify employees who might be hacked. Massimo later called the meetings “a deliberate attempt to gain information and experience.”
According to Masimo, Apple subsequently poached several of its employees, infringed patents and stole trade secrets about the use of sensors to measure biomarkers, such as those used in the Apple Watch to calculate heart rate and determine blood oxygen levels. It should be noted that Apple hired a number of Masimo employees before the release of the Apple Watch, including the company’s chief medical officer.