Apple is once again at the centre of a legal dispute, after a small biometrics company announced it is suing the Cupertino-based firm for alleged patent infringement over the Apple Watch.
Valencell claims that in 2013 it showed Apple its patented ‘light-guiding products’ for tracking physiological data such as heart rate.
Two years later, Valencell says it found that the tech was being used in the recently launched Apple Watch.
What’s more, it alleges that seven members of Apple’s watch development team used fake identities to download a document about its light-guiding tech, rather than discuss licensing the patents.
Fitness-focussed wearables-maker Fitbit also stands accused of stealing the same ideas for its products, which have become bestsellers in recent years.
Valencell is known for teaming up with major tech manufacturers which use its tech in its products.
Its president, Dr Steven LeBoeuf said: “We will defend our intellectual property to ensure our current and future licensees get the full value of licensing our inventions.”
While Fitbit has said it will fight the lawsuit, Apple has yet to comment.