Apple seeks U.S. patent Siri tech and features

“Apple is seeking ownership of the technology and features that drive its voice-controlled Siri personal assistant found on iOS devices,” AppleInsider reports.

“The company’s extensive 51-page application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is entitled ‘Intelligent Automated Assistant,'” AppleInsider reports. “he patent application continuation, discovered this week by AppleInsider, describes a system that ‘engages with the user in an integrated, conversational manner using natural dialog, and invokes external services when appropriate to obtain information or perform various actions.'”

AppleInsider reports, “The filing describes many of the already established features of the software, and includes screenshots of the original iPhone application that Apple acquired.”

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    1. This is a “continuation” patent filing. This is not the original filing.

      As long as the original filing came before all the imitators then Apple is fine. It is extremely difficult to patent anything after the fact (after the horse is out of the barn, so to speak).

      Of course, this will not stop all the Fandroids from claiming that Apple is trying to patent things after Android already has it!

    2. Imitators should not be an issue. The U.S. is still “first to invent” rather than “first to file.” There is some prior art to consider, but nothing of which I am aware that rivals the full capabilities of Siri. Android S Voice might just be facing a lawsuit…

      I intend to throw a big party when Apple’s big lawsuits blast Samsung and Google/Android into pieces. Karma is a lovely bitch sometimes!

    1. Your patent would have expired in 2003. Per Wikipedia:

      “For applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, the patent term is 20 years from the filing date of the earliest U.S. application to which priority is claimed (excluding provisional applications).”

    2. Whoops! Pasted the wrong part, but the same conclusion still applies.

      For applications that were pending on and for patents that were still in force on June 8, 1995, the patent term is either 17 years from the issue date or 20 years from the filing date of the earliest U.S. or international (PCT) application to which priority is claimed (excluding provisional applications), the longer term applying.

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