In light of the Apple Watch Series 6 launched earlier this month, Masimo has stepped up its legal battle with Apple.
If you remember, Masimo sued Apple earlier this year, way back in January, claiming that Apple had stolen trade secrets related to health monitoring for the Apple Watch. Masimo claimed at the time that Apple, which dates back to 2013, had seemed interested in collaborating with Masimo for health-related features in the smartwatch series. However, Apple did not follow that plan, and Masimo says that Apple used Masimo’s inventions to launch health monitoring features for the Apple Watch series.
Well, according to Bloomberg, Masimo has increased its legal battle against Apple. The company has filed new court documents, saying Apple is “abusing its power” in an attempt to “capture the market” with the Apple Watch Series 6 and its new blood oxygen monitoring feature by trying to delay the lawsuit against it. by Masimo.
Postponing the case “will allow Apple to take advantage of a critical window of opportunity to capture a growing field,” Masimo said in the archive on Monday. “Just as it has done in many other markets, Apple seeks to use its significant resources and ecosystem to capture the market without regard,” to Masimo’s patents, said the sensor manufacturer.
Masimo says it reached out to Apple to ask questions about the Series 6 blood oxygen monitoring feature, but Apple will not answer questions. Masimo says that Apple claimed that the two companies are not in competition. And surprisingly, it said that talk of an incoming blood acid monitoring function was just “internet-printed” and nothing more.
Apple claims that the delay in the lawsuit is about a potential invalidity of the patents that Masimo holds, something Apple believes can happen with a review board.
Apple said on September 15 that it was delaying the patent aspect of the case, while an appeals board considered that its invalidity arguments could help limit the cases in court and “will undoubtedly reduce wasted resources.”
As it is in line with the course of this kind of thing, it does not look like the legal battle between Apple and Masimo is going to go anywhere anytime soon.