Apple Accused of stealing Health Monitoring tech for its Watch

Joanna Estrada
January 12, 2020

Apple has been accused of stealing trade secrets by Masimo for stealing its trade secrets and using its inventions improperly for the various health monitoring features of the Apple Watch.

Masimo and Cercacor said their technology for non-invasive monitoring using light was key to Apple overcoming performance issues with its Watch. The company is seeking compensation for Apple's "willful and deliberate" patent infringement, as well as an injunction to block the further use of its technologies in Apple's products.

However, Apple is now in the crosshairs of Masimo, a medical company that alleges (per Bloomberg) the impressive capabilities of the Apple Watch stem from stolen trade secrets and infringing on no less than 10 patents. According to the firm, Apple contacted the company back in 2013 for a potential collaboration.

Ahead of when the ‌Apple Watch‌ was released, Apple hired Michael O'Reilly, who had served as the Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Medical Affairs at Masimo.

The following year, Apple also hired Marcelo Lamego, Cercacor's chief technology officer, who the suit claims not only also had "unfettered access" to confidential technical information, but also began pursuing patent applications for things he learned at Masimo and Cercacor shortly after joining Apple. Apple knew it was getting confidential information from the two men, the companies said.

Masimo and its spinoff company Cercacor Laboratories recently filed a lawsuit in federal court in Santa Ana, California, where they explain that Apple got a hold of sensitive information through a clever dance of partnership. Notably, however, neither O'Reilly nor Lamego are named as defendants in the lawsuit. That would make Masimo and Cercacor owners, or at least joint owners, of those patents and applications now assigned to Apple.

This is not the first time that we have heard of Apple poaching key employees of a company for its own benefit.

Apple has also been accused of incorporating another's patented invention into its Watch without paying. He has been working on Health Special Projects at Apple, and had a hand in the development of the ‌Apple Watch‌.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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