Thursday, August 12, 2021

Fortress-funded VoiceAge EVS recently won German patent injunction against HMD and apparently settled with Apple

This here is a follow-up to both yesterday's post on VLSI Technology inching closer to a final (though appealable) judgment against Intel and earlier reports on VoiceAge EVS v. Apple. Both VLSI Technology and VoiceAge EVS are funded by Fortress Investment.

The Mannheim Regional Court confirmed to me today that VoiceAge EVS won a case against HMD (which makes phones and has a license to the Nokia trademark for that purpose) on July 23 over EP2707687 on a "transform-domain codeblock in a CELP coder and decoder" (case no. 7 O 116/19; the Presiding Judge of the Seventh Civil Chamber in Mannheim is Judge Dr. Peter Tochtermann).

There are no more VoiceAge EVS v. Apple cases in Germany anymore. Since Apple's withdrawal (in June) from its joint antitrust action against Fortress and multiple Fortress-funded entities, various patent infringement cases brought by Fortress-funded companies against Apple have become known to have been withdrawn, suggesting that a global settlement was reached.

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