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Apple defeats Khosla-backed AliveCor suit over Watch Tech

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. does not have to face a lawsuit alleging that its smartwatches mimic the heart-monitoring technology of AliveCor, a startup backed by Khosla Ventures LLC, a federal judge ruled.

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U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White in Oakland, California, ruled in Apple’s favor Tuesday. Details of the decision were filed privately due to company confidentiality concerns. A revised version will be released in the coming weeks.

“AliveCor’s lawsuit challenges Apple’s ability to improve the critical features of Apple Watch that consumers and developers rely on, and today’s results confirm that it is not anticompetitive,” Apple said in a statement.

AliveCor said it was “extremely disappointed” with the decision and planned to appeal. “We will aggressively protect our intellectual property rights to benefit consumers and foster innovation,” the company said in a statement.

The dispute began in 2015 at a conference where AliveCor co-founder David Albert was invited by Apple executives to show off a heart monitoring device called KardiaBand. AliveCor claims Albert was told that the iPhone maker was planning to collaborate on the technology.

Apple said the conference was similar to hundreds of other conferences it has hosted with developers over the years, without any pretense of partnership.

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Apple is said to have announced its own heart health plan for the Apple Watch, hours after AliveCor notified Apple of the KardiaBand’s official launch date, following 18 months of discussions between the companies in an “apparent attempt to steal AliveCor’s thunder.” dissatisfaction.

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Over the next few years, as Apple updated its Watch operating system, no other service was allowed to offer heart rate monitoring on the device because of the company’s “intensive market takeover campaign,” AliveCor alleged in the antitrust suit. Apple denies the claims and says it has allowed third-party apps to use its heart rate sensor technology since 2015.

AliveCor said a separate patent lawsuit against Apple is still ongoing.

The case is AliveCor v. Apple, 21-cv-03958, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).

–With assistance from Malathi Nayak and Mark Gurman.

(Updated with comments from Apple.)

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