Apple (6:21-cv-00984) and Alphabet (Google) (6:21-cv-00985) are the latest defendants to be added to Jawbone Innovations, LLC’s sole litigation campaign, launched in May 2021 with a suit against Samsung. The plaintiff asserts eight patents, each originating with Aliph (d/b/a Jawbone)and broadly directed to various aspects of microphone technology. The defendants are accused of infringement through the provision of a wide variety of devices (e.g., earphones, headphones, notebooks, smartphones, smart home devices, tablets, and wearables), with features related to microphone arrays, noise cancellation, and voice detection at issue. In its new complaints, Jawbone Innovations asserts six additional patents for the first time.
Some of the former intellectual property assets of Aliph (d/b/a Jawbone), a maker of Bluetooth headsets and other audio accessories that was liquidated in 2017—75 of them—have landed in litigation. The current owner, Jawbone Innovations, LLC, has sued Samsung (2:21-cv-00186) over the provision of products with voice activity detection features and related microphone arrays, including earbuds and smartphones. The complaint specifically highlights the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro and Galaxy S20 as products accused of infringing the two asserted patents.