Inventor-controlled Vocalife LLC has filed new suits, one against each of Alphabet (Google) (2:21-cv-00124) and Samsung (Harman) (2:21-cv-00123) in the Eastern District of Texas, where the same plaintiff and Amazon are briefing posttrial motions to District Judge Rodney Gilstrap in the wake of an October 2020 $5M infringement verdict. Vocalife asserts two reissue patents in the new complaints, targeting the defendants’ respective provision of “virtual assistant smart speakers and other hardware and software implementing a microphone array system”, including Google Assistant-enabled products (identifying Google’s Home and Harman’s Kardon Citation products).
As post-trial briefing gets underway in the Eastern District of Texas, following an October 2020 $5M infringement verdict there, Vocalife LLC has hit the same defendant, Amazon (2:20-cv-00401), with a second suit. The plaintiff targets the identical product set, “virtual assistant smart speakers that utilize a microphone array system”, naming Amazon’s Echo products, this time with a second reissue of the same underlying patent, generally related to enhancing a sound signal by processing multiple signals from an array of microphones. The issues in Vocalife’s first case were whittled down to just post-filing inducement of Echo end users, with the new complaint alleging both direct and indirect infringement of the new reissue, dated December 29, 2020.