Apple has been sued by Gesture Technology Partners for Infringing four Key Camera Patents
Apple has been sued by Gesture Technology Partners (GTP) for allegedly infringing on four patents. GTP was founded in 2013 by Dr. Timothy Pryor, the sole inventor of the five Asserted Patents presented in our report. Dr. Pryor is a named inventor on over 200 patents and patent applications. For the past four decades, he has been a pioneer in laser sensing technology, motion sensing technology, machine vision technology and camera-based interactive technology. GTP's patents in this patent infringement case against Apple are directed to innovations in using mobile phone cameras to assist a user to interact with their smartphone, including, for example, but not limited to, unlocking their phone, taking and using photos or videos, and providing other functions.
In GTP's formal complaint before the court they claim that Apple had purchased patents and technologies from Dr. Pryor in the past including his "multi-touch" patent portfolio in 2010. Dr. Pryor later assisted Apple in asserting the multi-touch portfolio against HTC.
After Dr. Pryor developed the technology embodied in the Asserted Patents, Dr. Pryor again approached Apple about acquiring or licensing rights to Asserted Patents.
GTP initiated a licensing discussion with Apple in June 2016 providing Apple with the Asserted Patents and describing the patented technology.
Apple responded to GTP in writing by letter dated December 5, 2016 and negotiations continued through March 27, 2017.
As a result of the correspondence described above and other negotiations, Apple was aware of the details of the Asserted Patents and was aware that Apple needed a license to practice the inventions in the Asserted Patents.
On information and belief, Apple did not take any steps to change their products or to inform its engineers and design team of the Asserted Patents to avoid infringing them.
Apple’s iPhone models that allegedly infringe GTP's patents include: 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus, SE (1st), 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, XS, XS Max, XR, 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max, SE (2nd), 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max and Apple’s iPad models iPad Mini 3, Air 2, Mini 4, Pro (1st, 12.9 in.), iPad Pro (1st, 9.7 in.), iPad (5th generation), iPad Pro (2nd, 10.5/12.9 in.), iPad (6th generation), iPad Pro (3rd, 11/12.9 in.), iPad Air (3rd generation), iPad Mini (5th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Pro (4th, 11/12.9 in.), iPad (8th generation), and iPad Air (4th generation), (collectively the "Accused Products").
GTP accuses Apple of providing features like Face ID, QR Scanner, Smart HDR, tracking autofocus and more that infringe on GTP's patents.
GTP's Four Patents
8,194,924: "Camera based sensing in handheld, mobile, gaming or other devices."
7,933,431: "Camera based sensing in handheld, mobile, gaming, or other devices."
8,878,949: "Camera based interaction and instruction."
8,553,079: "More useful man machine interfaces and applications."
For more details, read the Plaintiff's full complaint filed with the court in the SCRIBD document below, courtesy of Patently Apple.
Gesture Technology v. Apple... by Jack Purcher