The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based startup claims the watch infringes on a total of four of its patents which reference laser and light-based technology designed to monitor physiological metrics based around blood and heart rate, according to the filing.
The suit claims that patent inventor Dr. Mohammed Islam met with various individuals from Apple discussing possible future applications of the light-based diagnostic patents shortly before the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant announced its first version of the Apple Watch, and again shortly before the release of the devices.
Islam claims he later shared his patents, which had been amended to include more mentions of wearable tech and LED light sources, with Apple in a meeting in 2016. The suit goes on to claim that Islam attempted to contact Apple in 2017 in relation to the patents, but the contact was declined, according to court documents posted on Scribd.
Omni MedSci claims that the tech giant’s Series 1 through Series 3 watches infringe on its patents, and is seeking compensation related to the infringement.
Apple has not yet commented on the suit or the supposed patent infringement.
Late last month, Apple said it moved the Health Records functionality in its iOS-based Health app out of the beta phase, allowing all patients of 39 US health systems direct access to their electronic health records.