“Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy believes its legal fight with Apple over Siri, the innovative personal assistant and voice-recognition system first used in the iPhone 4S, is potentially worth $120 million,” Larry Rulison reports for The Albany Times Union.
“RPI claims that the technology behind Siri was developed and patented more than a decade ago by one of its professors,” Rulison reports. “The school has sued Apple in U.S. District Court in Albany seeking undisclosed financial damages. RPI is working in conjunction with an Alexandria, Va., patent litigation company called Marathon Patent Group that also licensed the technology from RPI.”
“RPI says it doesn’t know how Apple values the Siri technology exactly, but a good place to start is the Samsung jury award back in the spring of this year,” Rulison reports. “‘In that lawsuit, Apple accused Samsung of infringing several Apple patents, including two patents that cover Siri,’ the filing says. ‘Apple sought and obtained a preliminary injunction and a $120 million jury verdict against Samsung based primarily on Siri’s importance to Apple in its global competition against Samsung’s Android-operated smart phones.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: No Siri patents were part of the second U.S. Apple v. Samsung trial that resulted in a $119.6 million jury verdict against Samsung. The five Apple patents that were involved in that trial are listed here.
After seeking $2 billion, jury awards Apple just $120 million over Samsung’s infringement of two patents – May 2, 2014
Apple’s Siri allegedly infringes on patent from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professors – October 24, 2012