Apple on Thursday filed a lawsuit towards medical tech firm Masimo in federal courtroom in Delaware, accusing the corporate of “copying” its Apple Watch.
The tech large stated in its lawsuit, which was earlier reported by Bloomberg and Reuters, that Masimo copied a lot of its designs and patents, together with health-monitoring know-how, case design and chargers.
Masimo largely sells units for hospitals to handle affected person care, and earlier this yr it purchased Sound United, a holding firm whose manufacturers embrace Denon and Polk Audio. In August, Masimo additionally introduced its launch of a well being watch, the W1, which incorporates many comparable well being sensors the Apple Watch has.
An Apple spokesperson stated in an announcement that it hoped the go well with would “shield the improvements we advance on behalf of our clients.”
Masimo did not instantly reply to a request for remark, however it informed Reuters that Apple was retaliating. Masimo sued Apple in 2020, claiming the iPhone maker had stolen its commerce secrets and techniques and infringed its patents, together with for measuring coronary heart price and blood-oxygen ranges. Final yr, it additionally requested the US authorities to halt imports of Apple Watches that violate its patents.
Apple has a protracted historical past of going through lawsuits over its know-how. Most just lately, these fits included a collection of patent battles with smartphone rivals Samsung and, individually, Nokia. Apple settled with Samsung in 2018 and Nokia in 2017.