Apple faces a lawsuit over Apple Watch’s health monitoring features, a new Bloomberg details report. Masimo, a medical technology company, costs Apple with stealing trade secrets and infringing 10 of its patents.
Today, Masimo took the lawsuit to a federal court. The report shows that Apple is charged with obtaining “under the guise of a working relationship” secret information from Masimo. Apple has apparently poached Masimo’s multiple employees for their own health teams.
Masimo says in the lawsuit that Apple reached out to hold a meeting in 2013:
Masimo says it walked away as if they were productive from those meetings, but Apple started hiring key employees from Masimo and its spin-off company Cercacor instead. Masimo now calls this“targeted effort to obtain information and expertise.”
Masimo is a global medical technology company focused on developing non-invasive monitoring tools for patients— with a specific focus on pulse oximeters. In 2014, ahead of Apple Watch’s launch, multiple reports reported that Masimo’s executives were hired by Apple.
He added that as part of his hiring efforts, Apple was offering “sizable salaries”: Interestingly enough, in an interview with Christiana Farr, Masimo CEO Joe Kiani said that through her hires, Apple had gained access to “deep wells of trade secrets.”
Masimo seeks orders through the lawsuit to block future use of the patented inventions, the return of confidential information and damages.