New York University Doctor Joseph Wiesel has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging that the Cupertino-based iPhone maker is “willfully violating his patent surrounding the technology used in Apple Watch to detect atrial fibrillation (AFib)”. 


Dr. Wiesel notified Apple about his patent method of and apparatus for detecting atrial fibrillation on September 20, 2017, following the rollout ofthe Apple Watch Series 3.

He is a practicing Cardiologist (Heart Specialist) in Flushing, NY. Dr. Wiesel graduated from New York University School of Medicine in 1981 and has been in practice for 38 years. He completed a residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Wiesel also specializes in Internal Medicine. He currently practices at Cardiovascular Associates of Ny and is affiliated with New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens and Queens Hospital Center. 

According to New York University cardiologist Dr. Joseph Wiesel, he was originally awarded the patent for “method of and apparatus for detecting atrial fibrillation” on March 28, 2006 which allows patients to use “photoplethysmography” which is being used in the Apple Watch with green light and sensors.

The lawsuit called the patent “pioneering steps in atrial fibrillation detection, ” reports AppleInsider.

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.

Apple has “refused to negotiate in good faith to avoid this lawsuit,” Wiesel contends in the suit.

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