Fortress Plaintiff Charges Apple with Infringement of Patents Alleged Essential to the EVS Standard

August 12, 2020

VoiceAge EVS LLC, a plaintiff associated with Fortress Investment Group LLC, has added a District of Delaware case against Apple (1:20-cv-01061) to its litigation campaign, begun last fall, over patents purportedly essential to the Enhanced Voice Services (“EVS”) standard. VoiceAge EVS targets various iPhone and iPads (identified in an appendix attached to the complaint) that allegedly use the EVS voice and audio codec for voice calls or conferencing, with the complaint calling out the iPhone 11 explicitly. The plaintiff pleads compliance with its FRAND (fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory) licensing obligations by virtue of offers made to Apple starting in March 2020. Apple joins HMD Global, Lenovo (Motorola Mobility), and TCL as defendants in this campaign.

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