Samsung buys producer of cameras, which is suing Apple

Samsung is close to completing the deal, which will lead to the purchase of the Israeli company-manufacturer of cameras for smartphones Corephotonics for $ 150 million, according to local news site Globes. The Corephotonics name may sound familiar to those who follow the news about the iPhone. Why?

In 2017 Corephotonics has filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing the Cupertino company of violating several patents when developing the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus. The patents in question relate to the system of two cameras and its features such as optical zoom and a mini-telephoto lenses. And the iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8 Plus using a system of two cameras with 2 x optical zoom and a wide angle lens in combination with a telephoto lens.

The system of “two chambers” was first introduced by Apple in iPhone 7 Plus in 2016 and was later used in the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS iPhone XS Max. The original claim is Corephotonics covered only model 7 Plus and 8 Plus, but in 2018, the company filed a new lawsuit on patent infringement, which also applies to the iPhone XS.

Corephotonics says in their Apple devices uses a patented design of lenses, optical zoom methods and the method of merging images with a wide angle lens and telephoto lens to create photos of the best quality. When the lawsuit was filed, the company said that it contacted Apple, but after “positive responses” and “encouraging messages,” the two companies failed to reach licensing agreements.

The legal issue between Apple and Corephotonics has not yet been resolved, so Samsung can “inherit” the lawsuit, if I decide to purchase a start-up. It will be a step back, because Apple and Samsung in June 2018, has withdrawn all claims related to the design of devices. The trial lasted seven years around the world.

The company Corephotonics has developed a camera with a 5x optical zoom, which was shown in prototype smartphone Oppo in 2017, and it is worked out in detail the settings of the camera with three lenses, which would provide a 5-fold optical zoom and the function 25 times the common scaling in mobile devices. If Samsung buys Corephotonics, this technology may appear in future Galaxy smartphones.

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