Apple sued over alleged infringement of Enhanced Voice Services patents

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Non-practicing entity VoiceAge EVS, LLC has leveled a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the company's iPhones infringe on audio-related codecs.

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple


In the complaint, VoiceAge alleges that Apple has and continues to "directly infringe" on its intellectual property (IP) with devices that support the EVS codec. That includes products like the iPhone 8 and latest iPhone 11 series.

VoiceAge EVS is a company that holds the rights to audio encoding patents developed by the separate VoiceAge Corporation, including intellectual property related to Enhanced Voice Services (EVS). EVS, developed by a handful of firms, is an audio coding standard developed for Voice over LTE (VoLTE) calls. Among carriers, use of the EVS codec is often publicly identified under names such as "HD Voice," "Enhanced HD Voice" or "Ultra HD Voice."

VoiceAge adds that Apple has indirectly infringed on its IP by encouraging and facilitating customers to use the technology, specifically "instructing customers that purchase Apple' EVS Products that such devices have voice calling capability and providing various indicators within those devices of the same."

Compared to other codecs, EVS provides wider frequency range, increased compression, and other features. It's supported by most major carriers and device makers across the globe.

In 2018, VoiceAge licensed some of its EVS-related audio codec patents to the Fortress Investment Group, which then created the similarly named VoiceAge EVS. Since then, VoiceAge EVS has brought patent litigation against HMD, TPL, Lenovo, and other manufacturers.

The non-practicing entity seeks a jury trial, as well as damages "not less than a reasonable royalty," attorneys' fees, costs and expenses.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,263member
    FFS!!! When will these god damned TROLLS be reined in and put out of business?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    killroyjony0watto_cobraols
  • Reply 2 of 8
    Although it sounds vague, it is at least not just just an Idea that was patented but never implemented. Still it must be profitable for these NPE’s to operate like this otherwise they wouldn’t do it  :/
    killroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    Darn.....everyone is suing Apple. How about others like Androids?
    killroywatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    Kuyangkoh said:
    Darn.....everyone is suing Apple. How about others like Androids?
    Hard to say - search for "Android lawsuit" and you mostly get the recent one with Google getting sued by the State of Arizona for privacy infractions!

    "Android patent lawsuit" mostly gets ones involving Apple.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 993member
    Indirectly infringed?
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    carnegiecarnegie Posts: 1,004member
    mac_dog said:
    Indirectly infringed?
    They’re referring to Apple inducing others - iPhone users - to infringe the patents. Under 35 USC §271(b) you’re guilty of infringing a patent if you actively induce others to infringe it. This requires a showing that you induced them to do something which you knew (or thought was high likely) to be an infringement and that infringement actually took place.
    jony0watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    killroykillroy Posts: 217member
    Isn't ATT saying that it will be HD voice only, so get a new phone if it's older than iphone 7.
    So sue ATT not Apple.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 8
    killroykillroy Posts: 217member
    carnegie said:
    mac_dog said:
    Indirectly infringed?
    They’re referring to Apple inducing others - iPhone users - to infringe the patents. Under 35 USC §271(b) you’re guilty of infringing a patent if you actively induce others to infringe it. This requires a showing that you induced them to do something which you knew (or thought was high likely) to be an infringement and that infringement actually took place.

    You need to talke to ATT about that. They are kicking old phones, not just iPhones to the side for HD voice.


    edited August 2020 watto_cobra
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