Virentem Ventures LLC (d/b/a Enounce) has sued TiVo and parent company Xperi Holding Corporation (1:20-cv-00787) over the provision of TiVo video systems offering two features: QuickMode, which allows users to play videos back at faster than normal speed with pitch-corrected audio; and SkipMode, which allows users to skip commercials and automatically distinguishes that content from show content. The plaintiff’s first suit, filed against Alphabet (Google, YouTube) in June 2018, has hit a few snags, including a stay in the district court in light of trials instituted by the PTAB to review nine of the 11 patents asserted there, as well as a claim construction order from Judge Maryellen Noreika in the District of Delaware—a key aspect of which Enounce quickly asked the court to reconsider.
Virentem Ventures LLC (d/b/a Enounce) has filed a lawsuit asserting 11 patents against Alphabet (Google, YouTube) (1:18-cv-00917). The plaintiff characterizes the general subject matter of the underlying technology purportedly covered by the patents-in-suit as “allowing users to select and alter playback speeds while viewing content”. Enounce accuses Google and subsidiary YouTube of infringement through the provision of devices and services (including “the Google Pixelbook, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL hardware that render YouTube content via Chrome, Chrome apps, YouTube apps, the Google/YouTube servers, and/or hardware that renders YouTube TV content via Chrome”) that play YouTube, YouTube TV, and OnDemand YouTube TV content. At issue are certain YouTube features that alter video playback speed without affecting the pitch of the audio and that track the duration of displayed videos. Google is also accused of infringing one of the asserted patents through the provision of certain Nest video security products that skip to different portions of the video depending on certain criteria (e.g., the detection of motion).