Apple is being sued by a university for patent infringement with SiriJuly 31, 2012 1 Email article | Print article
It looks like the education sector wants to get in on the patent war fun. A Taiwanese university, National Cheng Kung University, has filed a lawsuit claiming Apple is fringing on its patents with Siri. Specifically, the university asserts Apple’s Siri infringes on two voice recognition voice-to-text patents held by the university; the two patents in question are US patents that were granted to the university in 2007 and 2010.
National Cheng Kung University filed the claim in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division on Friday. Yama Chen, the legal manager of National Cheng Kung University, says the complaint was filed in Texas because “because it [the Texan court] processes faster and its rulings are usually in favor of patent owners and the compensations are usually higher”.
It hasn’t been revealed what damages National Cheng Kung University is seeking from Apple but Chen did reveal any agreed upon compensation will be calculated based on US sales of Apple products that have Siri, iPhone 4S and new iPad.
Apple has yet to issue a statement regarding this new development but it may not be the only one under the gun: National Cheng Kung University is looking into if Google and Microsoft also infringe on its voice-to-text patents.