Jawbone reaches out from grave to sue Apple over audio tech

A non-practicing entity has taken control of a patent hoard once owned by defunct device maker Jawbone and is now leveraging a cache of audio-related IP against Apple.

JawboneLodged with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas on Thursday, the complaint from Jawbone Innovations, the current owner of Jawbone’s patents, claims Apple devices infringe on intellectual property related to audio technologies. The patent holdings firm set up shop in the state with notoriously patent holder-friendly federal courts in 2021, according to Bizapedia.Named in the suit are U.S. Patent Nos. 8,019,091, 7,246,058, 8,280,072, 8,321,213, 8,326,611, 10,779,080, 11,122,357 and 8,467,543. The IP details methods of performing noise cancellation through hardware and software, detecting voiced and unvoiced speech, creating virtual microphone array and deploying multi-microphone beamforming arrays.

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