Fortress’s VoiceAge EVS Sues Lenovo as HMD Challenges Standing
VoiceAge EVS LLC, a Fortress Investment Group LLC plaintiff, has sued Lenovo (Motorola Mobility) (1:20-cv-00810) over the provision of smartphones and tablets supporting the Enhanced Voice Services (“EVS”) voice and audio codec, including the Motorola Moto G7 Power (highlighted in the complaint) and 62 other devices listed in an attached appendix. VoiceAge EVS alleges that the asserted patents are essential to the EVS standard and that it complied with its obligation to license them on fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory (FRAND) terms through offers made to Lenovo starting in February 2020, offers purportedly met with “substantive” silence. The first two cases in this campaign, filed separately against HMD Global and TCL (and multiple subsidiaries), became mired in service issues, and—for the HMD case—a challenge to VoiceAge EVS’s standing to sue.
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