Apple wins lawsuit filed by AliveCor over heart rate measurement apps for Apple Watch – 02/07/2024 at 01:16

((Automated translation from Reuters, see disclaimer https://bit.ly/rtrsauto)) by Jonathan Stempel

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convinced a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Silicon Valley startup that accused it of illegally monopolizing the U.S. market for heart rate monitoring apps for its Apple Watch.

Oakland (California) District Judge Jeffrey White ruled on Tuesday against AliveCor, which developed an app to detect irregular heartbeats.

It accuses Apple of violating the federal Sherman Competition Act and a California unfair competition law.

The decision explaining Mr. White’s reasoning is being temporarily held under seal for confidentiality reasons.

“AliveCor is deeply disappointed and strongly disagrees with the court’s decision to dismiss our anti-competition case and we intend to appeal,” the company said in a statement.

Apple said in a statement that the lawsuit calls into question its ability to make improvements to the Apple Watch that consumers and developers trust. “Today’s result confirms that this is not anti-competitive,” the company said.

In an amended complaint, AliveCor said Apple led it to believe it would collaborate on heart monitoring technology for the Apple Watch, only to then copy its ideas and embark on a “concentrated campaign to dominate the market.”

The complaint also accuses Apple of “updating” the heart rate analysis algorithm of its watches, to prevent third parties from identifying irregular heartbeats and offering competing apps.

AliveCor developed the KardiaBand, a bracelet for Apple Watch capable of recording an electrocardiogram (ECG).

The Mountain View, California-based company also developed the Kardia app for analyzing ECG readings on Apple Watches, as well as an artificial intelligence-enabled SmartRhythm heart rate analysis app.

Apple, based in Cupertino, California, has denied any wrongdoing and said competitors do not have the right to dictate its design decisions.

AliveCor continues to file suit against Apple for patent infringement.

The case is: AliveCor Inc v Apple Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No.

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