Reported by Bloomberg, Masimo has filed a lawsuit today claiming Apple is trying to delay its legal battle with the company to secure an even more dominant share of the smartwatch market.
The lawsuit focuses specifically on Apple’s inclusion of blood oxygen monitoring in the Apple Watch Series 6, which Masimo claims Apple stole from it. Masimo says that Apple promised a partnership with the company, but then used that relationship to steal information about trade secrets and hire key employees.
Masimo, which develops signal processing technology for health care workers, and its spinoff, Cercacor Laboratories Inc., claim in a lawsuit that Apple obtained secret information under the guise of an employment relationship and then hired key employees, including Michael O̵7;Reilly, who became vice president of Apple Health Care. .
Apple has not responded to the new allegations, but the company has already taken steps to dismiss the case and invalidate Masimo’s patents with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Masimo says that Apple is trying to use its resources to prevent the case from being resolved before it takes a stranglehold on the smartwatch market with its new feature.
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 a number of 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 CEO Joe Kiani says that if the Apple Watch Series 6 is used as a medical product, it will harm consumers and stifle competition.
“I have seen reports from consumers and others suggesting that Series 6 should be used as a medical product,” Masimo CEO Joe Kiani said in the archive. “Not only will it harm consumers themselves, it will also reduce our ability to sell truly clinical products to consumers.”
To note, Apple did not announce its new blood oxygen monitor on the Apple Watch Series as a medical feature. The company has not received approval from the FDA, as it did for the ECG function, so this special function is advertised as a wellness function. To learn more about the Apple Watch Series 6, read our review.
The case is currently expected to hear the first arguments in April 2021.
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