Taiwan university sues Apple over Siri

siri Taiwan university sues Apple over Siri

Apple is again embroiled in a patent battle after a Taiwanese university sued it over the alleged infringement of two of its speech recognition patents.

Apple is again embroiled in a patent battle after a Taiwanese university sued it over the alleged infringement of two of its speech recognition patents.

 
The National Cheng Kung University, in Tainan in southern Taiwan, claims that it invented technology that Apple is using in its Siri personal assistant software, a popular feature in the company's latest iPhone model.
 
The lawsuit focuses on two patents from 2007 and 2010 which cover voice-to-text technology, a prominent feature in modern smartphones, but particularly apparent in Siri, which allows users to ask questions to their device and receive appropriate responses.
 
siri Taiwan university sues Apple over Siri
 
“We filed that lawsuit in the Texas court because it processes faster and its rulings are usually in favor of patent owners and the compensations are usually higher,” said Yama Chen, legal manager of National Cheng Kung, according to Reuters.
 
The amount of damages being sought was not revealed, but Chen did say that it would be based on the US sales of devices which employ Siri, which means Apple will likely have to pay out of a lot of money if it loses the case. So far Siri is only available on the iPhone 4S, but Apple plans to allow iPad users to access it with the iOS 6 update in Autumn, which could make matters even more complicated and potentially expensive for the company.
 
The university is now looking to see if Google or Microsoft have also infringed these patents in their Android and Windows Phone mobile operating systems.
 
Source: Reuters