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Jawbone Innovations Accuses Apple of Infringing on Audio Technology Patent Rights

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The US-based privately held wearable NPE tech company Jawbone innovations accuse Apple of infringing on audio technology patents. As we know, Jawbone is no more innovating wearables as the company liquefied due to some inconveniencing reasons. After some years, an NPE(non-practicing entity) took over Jawbone’s patent library has filed legal action on Thursday in Texas, suing Apple of Infringing on its audio technology.

According to Bizapeidia, the patent-holding firm Jawbone kickstarted its business in Texas in 2021. Unfortunately, the company became a persistent court guest due to its patent-related lawsuit. According to Apple insider, the US patent documents related to this litigation include 8019091, 7246058, 828072, 8321213, 8326611, 10779080, 11122357, and 8467543, these patent rights codes are primarily focused on software and hardware noise reduction, unvoiced and voiced sound detection, virtual microphone array construction, and multi-microphone beamforming.

Savvy Tech enthusiasts would have been quite aware of Vintage Jawbone. Jawbone is renowned for its sensors based on physical vibration. Most importantly, the company came up with an innovative technology that allows the users to detect whether the user is speaking or not by touching the face.

Additionally, the tech firm Jawbone can intensively eliminate background noise such as wind and environmental noise, which annoys us while recording our favorite music for the culture. Furthermore, sequential gadgets from Jawbone have also been equipped with beamforming technology based on multiple microphones.

Many eminent headset manufacturers, including Apple, widely use this unrivaled technology. Marveling, is there anything that is crafted without prior scrutinized examination. The appellant defended in the accusation that the tech giant Apple used jawbone patented noise reduction/voice reduction innovation in numerous products, including iPhone, Airpods, and Homepod.

Apple’s well-known “Hey siri ” voice assistant for iPhone users detects the user voice by analyzing the amplitude of beamforming microphones. IT grounds understand that the litigation filed by Jawbone innovations with Google today demands Apple to pay interest for patent infringement.

Jawbone was founded on December 1, 1999, in California as Aliph.com. The firm was founded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Project Agency) to develop noise-canceling headset innovations for the military to communicate effectively. In 2011 Aliph.com changed its firm name to Jawbone, and It has created and sold wristbands, portable audio and devices, and Bluetooth headsets until 2017.

In 2017 the company had failed in the market and began its bankruptcy liquidation. Notably, In 2008 the company released a new Bluetooth headset, and it was sold in the Apple store. Jawbone was known as a pioneer in wearable technology, but unfortunately, the company lost its share to Fitbit Inc.

Jawbone and Fitbit were considered rivals back then from 2013 to 2017. But eventually, Jawbone ended up liquidating its assets. In comparison, Google finished its acquisition of Fitbit for $2.1 billion in 2021.


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