Apple beats Khosla-backed AliveCore suit over Watch tech

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. won’t face a lawsuit alleging its smartwatch copied heart-monitoring technology from AliveCore, a Khosla Ventures LLC-backed startup, a federal judge ruled.

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US District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland, California ruled in Apple’s favor on Tuesday. Details of the decision were filed under seal by the companies due to confidentiality concerns. A revised version will be made public in the coming weeks.

Apple said in a statement, “AliveCor’s lawsuit challenges Apple’s ability to improve important capabilities of the Apple Watch that consumers and developers rely on, and today’s result confirms that it is anti-competitive.” Not there.”

AliveCore said it was “very disappointed” by the decision and planned to appeal. “We will continue to vigorously protect our intellectual property to benefit our consumers and foster innovation,” the company said in a statement.

The controversy was based on a meeting in 2015, when AliveCore co-founder David Albert was invited by Apple executives to show off his heart-monitoring device, called the CardiaBand. AliveCore claims Albert was told the iPhone maker wanted to collaborate on the technology.

Apple has said that the meeting was like hundreds of other meetings it has held with developers over the past few years, with no pretense of partnership.

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After 18 months of discussions between the companies, in “an apparent attempt to steal AliveCore’s thunder”, Apple announced its own heart health initiative for the Apple Watch, hours after AliveCore announced the official launch of the Apple CardiaBand. Informed about the date. Complaint.

Over the next few years, as Apple updated the Watch operating system, no…

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