rita and her co-founders have won a $1.2 billion patent lawsuit against Apple, which says the two had access to secret patents in 2010 and 2011.
In a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, a team of Apple lawyers said they were approached in 2010 by Rita about developing a device that would “create a device” that would allow users to control their phone using an iPhone.
Rita told Apple that she had “developed a prototype for the iPhone and that it was based on her ideas and the ideas of her friends,” according to the complaint.
The complaint alleges that Apple told the team that it wanted to use the design to build an iPhone in collaboration with Rita.
The complaint alleges the two got their first patent application for a new “smart phone” on April 3, 2010.
It was for a phone that “could use the iPhone’s camera to make a virtual camera image,” according the complaint, which adds that the patent was granted in May 2011.
The device, the lawsuit says, was supposed to “allow users to make pictures and videos without having to hold down the phone to make the picture or video.”
The next patent application was for “a ‘virtual camera,’ with a display that could be projected onto a user’s face, or onto a screen, which could display a virtual image, or a picture, or other data,” the complaint said.
The iPhone 7 was supposed, according to Apple, to be a “virtual camera” that could control your iPhone and show you virtual photos and videos.
In response, the complaint says, Rita asked Apple if it could “show me the secret patent application that Apple had already granted to another company, to which Apple responded that the company had been working on a smartphone that could use the phone’s camera, and that Apple needed to know more about the secret application before it would release it.”
The complaint said the complaint alleges Rita told the Apple team that the “secret patent application” she had worked on was the first one to be released by Apple.
It said the Apple lawyers claimed that Rita then asked them to give the company more information about the patent, which they did.
The lawyers, including Paul Weiss, a partner at law firm Weissach, wrote that the iPhone patent was the product of a “secret agreement” that “had been in place for years.”
“It is apparent that Ritas vision for the device was to create a device based on the same ideas as the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch,” the lawyers wrote.
The Apple lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.