The Israeli start-up company Corephotonics is suing Apple for infringing copyright. The company is accusing Apple of refusing to partner with them and scorning the technology that they developed for smartphone cameras, only to go and integrate the same technology into their new devices.

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A Tel-Aviv based start-up filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., the American multinational technology company, on Monday claiming that the iPhone manufacturer had stolen their dual lens camera technology. According to the company Corephotonics, Apple rejected their offer to form a strategic partnership and then stole their idea.

Corephotonics, which has already raised $50 million from several venture capital funds and other investors, claims to have patented the dual camera technology for mobile devices- the same technology that was integrated into the new iPhone 7 Plus and the iPhone 8.

According to the lawsuit, Corphotronics CEO Dr. David Mendlovic had reached out to Apple in the past “as one of its first acts as a company”, but Apple never signed a patent licensing agreement for the dual lens technology that Corphotronics developed.

“Apple’s lead negotiator expressed contempt for Corephotonics’ patents, telling Dr. Mendlovic and others that even if Apple infringed, it would take years and millions of dollars in litigation before Apple might have to pay something,” the lawsuit said. Apple has yet to make a formal response.