New York University cardiologist Dr. Joseph Wiesel sues Apple over a heart rate monitoring technology featured on the Apple Watch.
Dr. Joseph Wiesel sues Apple over allegations that the Watch is using his patented invention that covered “pioneering steps” in atrial fibrillation.
According to Wiesel, his invention allowed for the monitoring of “irregular pulse rhythms from a succession of time intervals.”
Wiesel also said that he contacted Apple back in 2017 in regard to the patent, giving them sufficient information.
Moreover, he is now going forward with the lawsuit and is asking the court to pay him royalties.
He demands to block the company from adding his invention to their product without his permission.
The lawsuit alleges that before the fourth version of the Apple Watch launched, Apple had actual knowledge of Wiesel’s patent,
American cardiologist files complaint against Apple for using his property
Wiesel engaged Apple through numerous letters and claim charts.
The Silicon Valley-based tech giant released a video in December 2018 of users sharing personal stories about how the Apple Watch heart monitor saved their lives.
“Dr. Wiesel’s patented technology is a critical part of the Watch and is used to drive customer demand,” the lawsuit states.
Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams called such technology “an ‘essential’ optical heart sensor of the Watch.”
Within thirty seconds, the device can indicate whether the heart is beating evenly or whether it is irregular.
However, it can also indicate whether the heart rate is too high or too low.
This utility, initially launched in the USA, has been available in France since spring 2019, via an update to watchOS.
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