Taiwan university sues Apple in U.S. over Siri, speech recognition patents

“A Taiwan university has filed a patent infringement suit against Apple Inc in a U.S. court over the iPhone maker’s Siri speech recognition system, which lets users place calls or perform other tasks with voice commands, and is seeking undisclosed damages,” Clare Jim and Chyen Yee Lee report for Reuters.

“Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University said on Monday it had launched a suit alleging that Apple’s use of Siri in its iPhone and future versions of its iPad infringes two U.S. patents it was granted in 2007 and 2010 that relate to voice-to-text technology,” Jim and Lee report. “The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, on Friday, it said.”

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Jim and Lee report, “‘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, in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan… He declined to disclose the amount of compensation the university was seeking but said any calculation would be based on Apple’s U.S. sales of devices that use Siri. Chen said the university was also examining whether smartphone voice recognition systems used by Google Inc and Microsoft Corp have infringed its patents.”

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16 Comments

  1. Anyone think the patent approval system has a problem yet? Who gives a patent for “I tell a device what I want and it does it”. I going to get my idea patented for intergalactic travel before someone else does. Don’t have to know how to make it happen. I just have to think about it and it is mine!

    Idiots!

    1. Patent approval process is fine Jersey, most patents don’t hold up and need to be tested in court to be validated. Most people do not understand how the process works and thinks that only patents that will hold up in court with no prior art or that are valid and non obvious should be approved, that has never been the case.

  2. Apple’s voice recognition techniques date back more than 20 years. (As of this August Apple has been shipping products that include user independent voice recognition for 20 years.)

    1. i agree, it’s wrong for a Taiwanese company to steal in the 2000s a technology that Apple has been shipping for over 20 years since the early 90s, more than 12 years before these patents were filed.

      The SIRI project predates them also.

  3. “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, in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan…”

    At least he’s admitting that they’re patent trolls, even if it’s not in so many words.

  4. Makes you want to think up some crazy SciFi thing and get a patent on it, doesn’t it? Catch is you have to live long enough to see someone produce something likeit so you can scream you had it first and get rich.

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