Apple has been accused of stealing trade secrets from Masimo that have been incorporated into the Apple Watch.
Masimo and Cercacor Laboratories, its spinoff company, develop signal processing technology for health-care monitors.
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.
Officials with Cupertino, California-based Apple didn't immediately return queries seeking comment.
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.
In the court filing, Masimo says that Apple contacted them back in 2013, requesting that they meet for a potential collaboration in order "to understand more about Masimo's technology to potentially integrate that technology into Apple's products". These people, Masimo argued, had access to confidential technical information that it now claims have been used in Apple Watches without permission, license, or giving any compensation.
"Given what appeared to be a targeted effort to obtain information and expertise from Masimo and Cercacor, Masimo and Cercacor warned Apple about respecting their rights", the companies said in the complaint.If anything, the company is known to do this and this is perhaps one of the risks in working with Apple. Notably, however, neither O'Reilly nor Lamego are named as defendants in the lawsuit.
It's not the first time that Apple's faced allegations of strong-arming information from companies that thought they were working with the tech giant. The two companies also want to add their engineers to four patents that were granted to Lamego after leaving the Cercacor.
Apple has also been accused of incorporating another's patented invention into its Watch without paying. Given how these health features, including the newer AFib detection, have been at the heart of the Apple Watch's success, the wearable could be dealt a fatal blow if Apple loses these cases.