NYU professor and cardiologist Joseph Wiesel has started legal proceedings against tech giant Apple for violating his patented technology relating to heart monitoring.
According to Wiesel, he developed a new technology that can monitor atrial fibrillation, and was officially awarded a patent for it back in 2006. The method would use photoplethysmography that is also used in various smartwatches on the market now via various sensors and green lights. The professor claims that in 2017, when Apple launched the third iteration of its Apple Watch, he had informed Apple of his patents, and subsequently the Apple Watch 4 was able to detect atrial fibrillation using his patented method. Reports indicate that Wiesel had demanded royalties as well as monetary damages, but Apple refuses to negotiate terms. The US-based cardiologist has now taken the issue to court, attempting to block Apple’s use of the detection method without paying royalties.
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