If Dr. Wiesel gets his Christmas wish, he gets richer. Otherwise, he wants to stop this life saving technology from reaching people who might need it, and therefore, he is willing to let people die if Apple doesn’t deposit a truck load of money into his back account on a regular basis.

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is one of today’s silent killers. It often goes undetected, as it can be intermittent, resulting in late diagnosis, stroke, or even death.

Dr. Wiesel is not the kind of cardiologist I would want on my team.

Susan Decker, Bloomberg »

Dr. Joseph Wiesel, who teaches at NYU School of Medicine, filed a suit Friday against the tech giant, in federal court in Brooklyn. Wiesel claims the Apple Watch infringes his patent for a method to detect an irregular heartbeat.

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Wiesel said his invention covered “pioneering steps” in atrial fibrillation detection by monitoring “irregular pulse rhythms from a succession of time intervals.” He said he first contacted Apple in September 2017, giving the Cupertino, California-based company detailed information about the patent.

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He wants the court to order Apple to pay him royalties and, barring that, to block the company from using his invention without permission.

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