U.S. News | Masimo Sues Apple over Stolen Trade Secrets

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A medical technology products company, Masimo and its spinoff, Cercacor Laboratories has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Apple alleging stolen trade secrets and infringing multiple patents related to the Apple Watch.

Masimo alleges that Apple Watch infringes upon its health-monitoring features and used its non-invasive monitoring technology to develop a light-based heart sensor without permission.

Masimo reportedly said that Apple hired Michael O’Reilly, a former Masimo Chief Medical Officer and Marcelo Malini Lamego, a former Cercacor Chief Technology Officer in 2014 where Apple received confidential information of its trade secrets.

Masimo reportedly said that many of its inventions has received and sought for U.S. patents and it maintains some technology as trade secrets which only select employees have knowledge and access to in abid to guard its future product and market plans.

Masimo reportedly said that Apple Watch incorporates fitness tracking and health monitoring functions which has generated billions of dollars annually in revenue for Apple.

Masimo reportedly accused Apples of infringing ten of its patents which has caused lots of damages, unfair competition and confusion.  

Case is pending.

Masimo Corporation et al v. Apple Inc.

Judge:David O Carter
Court:California Central District Court
Case #:8:20-cv-00048
Nature of Suit:Patent
Cause:Patent Infringement
Case Filed:January 09, 2020
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