A lawsuit which was filed on Tuesday claims that Apple’s Dual-camera iPhones technology, that was deployed in smartphones model which is dating back to iPhone 7, and it infringes a patent for enhancing digital photography images using multiple sensors and lenses.
The suit names plaintiffs Yanbin Yu and Zhongxuan Zhang alleged Apple’s iPhones with the dual camera in an infringement of a noted invention. Detail methods for improving the quality of digital photographs is US Patent No. 6,611,289 for “Digital cameras using multiple sensors with multiple lenses”.
The Patent was granted in the year 2003 which described techniques to capture multiple images with multiple camera lens and sensors. There are 5 patents that claim specifical deals with dual lenses layout where two cameras are placed close to capture a distinct intensity image which would be used to enhance the other one.
Zhang and Yu alleged infringement on the 289 patent for Apple’s iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 Plus, all the phones which have rear facing dual-camera with wide angle lenses used for portrait lighting, portrait mode and digital zoom.
With US Patent No 8,115,825 electronic device with two image sensors which was granted by IP in the year 2012 and many of the same feature like patent 289, Apple filed their own patent for a multi-sensor camera system in 2008.
The complaint claims that Apple got aware of 289 property in the early year 2011 though that year all other claims were rejected. After three months of the initial rejections, Apple filed a revised version of the existing claims with few additions.
Apple invested in the plaintiff case a considerable capital to realize their multi-sensor and camera vision. “Apple did not seek to license the 289 patent and went on marketing various iPhones model knowing that it’s technology infringes on the property” as per the complaint.