Electronics giant Apple has asked a federal judge to dismiss the patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Valencell, a small Raleigh company that licenses it technology to makers of wearable smart devices.
In a response and counterclaim filed in federal court in Raleigh this week, Apple contends that the four patents that formed the basis for Valencell’s lawsuit should be declared invalid. The company also denied that its Apple Watch infringes any Valencell patents.
Apple also denied Valencell’s contention that Apple employees provided “fictitious information” to obtain Valencell “white papers” from the company’s website.
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“Apple admits Valencell’s website makes certain white papers freely available to the public and that one or more Apple employees may have downloaded one or more of these white papers,” Apple’s counterclaim states. “Apple denies that any such employee provided fictitious information.”
In January, Valencell filed patent infringement suits against both Apple and Fitbit. Previously, Fitbit likewise denied that it infringed any patents and challenged the validity of Valencell’s patents.
Valencell declined to comment on Apple’s counterclaim.
Founded in 2006, Valencell has about 30 employees and licensed its technology to more than 25 companies – including LG, Sony and Intel. Earlier this month it raised $11 million in venture capital, pushing its total funding to date to $24.5 million.