Former Enounce Video Playback Portfolio, Previously Asserted Against Apple, at Issue in New Suit Against Alphabet

June 22, 2018

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).

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