It won’t be the first time that Apple’s faced accusations of sneaking on information from other tech related companies. In October, Apple was accused of stealing patented technology from an email developer and then removing the man’s messaging service from its App Store so it wouldn’t be a competitor.
Now, Masimo, a global medical technology company focused on developing noninvasive patient monitoring features, filed a lawsuit against Apple in federal court in Santa Anna, California today accusing of poaching several employees from their company and thereby stealing their trade secrets.
Masimo and Cercacor claimed their technology for non-invasive monitoring using light was key to Apple overcoming performance issues with its Watch. Among the 10 patents Apple is accused of infringing are ones covering ways to measure oxygen levels in blood, and heart rate using light emitters and detectors.
In the lawsuit, Masimo claimed they walked away from meetings initiated by Apple in 2013 seeking collaboration, Apple said it wanted “to understand more about Masimo’s technology to potentially integrate that technology into Apple’s products.”
After assumed productive meetings in 2013 Apple hired O’Reilly, who was then Masimo’s chief medical officer and the following year, it hired Marcelo Lamego, who was Cercacor’s chief technology officer and also a former Masimo scientist. Lamego and O’Reilly had unfettered access and was privy to extremely sensitive information according to the lawsuit.
The companies, Masimo and Cercacor claims Apple knew it was getting extreme and confidential information by hiring these two men.
The companies, currently, are seeking law orders from that would prevent further use of their patented inventions in the Apple Watch 4 and 5, return of confidential information and unspecified damages.