[TechWeb] according to foreign media VentureBeat, Apple's newly added emergency distress function, Emergency SOS, in its watch operating system watchOS 3, actually stole from Apple's former supplier, Zomm.
In a new lawsuit discovered by Patently Apple, Zomm said it developed the SOS feature and patented it. This feature allows users to press a remote device's button to make a local emergency service call, but after approaching Zomm and stealing its technology, Apple used the technology in Apple Watch without permission.
Zomm's allegations include a series of details that Apple Watch's veteran users are familiar with. The company demanded compensation from Apple for patent infringement, unfair competition, injunctions and legal fees.
The company said that it was spotted by apple after successfully launching its own wireless leash bluetooth scaler at the 2010 international consumer electronics show ( ces ).
Apple contacted zomm and requested to exclusively launch the iphone version of the accessory in the apple store. zomm also agreed. After reaching a confidentiality agreement with apple, zomm started to develop wireless lead plus, which is dedicated to iphone, and told apple that it was planning to develop watches, bracelets and other wearable forms.
The company also revealed a patent-pending feature that allows users to automatically dial local emergency services from anywhere in the world without using a mobile phone after three seconds of pressing the Wireless Leash button.
Zomm said it made little money for the company because of the adverse terms it signed with Apple, despite its good sales.
Zomm terminated its Wireless Leash Plus sales agreement at its retail stores months after (CES) first launched its emergency dial-up product, Lifestyle Connect, at the International Consumer Electronics Show in 2012. But Apple began ordering large quantities of devices for senior Apple leaders, developers and scientists.
Zomm said that out of doubts about the order, the company had voluntarily contacted and informed apple executives that they had successfully applied for a patent for the emergency service and asked whether the two companies could cooperate, but did not receive any response.
In June 2016, Apple revealed that it would add SOS functionality to watchOS 3, including the same functionality Zomm described in its patent.
Zomm pointed out that this feature is not called "Emergency 911" because, as described in Zomm's patent, this feature first identifies the local emergency service phone number identifying the country in which the user is located before dialing.
The case was first filed in the Southern District of New York, but was later transferred to the North District Court in San Francisco, California for retrial. (Little Fox)