Taiwan’s University Sues Apple over Siri

Tue 31 July 2012 10:00, Vitto Christaldi

Taiwan’s University Sues Apple over Siri

National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan has filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in the United States courts over the Siri speech recognition system. The lawsuit is an initiative to help the local electronic firms to fight for their intellectual property rights against foreign competitors.


The university claims that Apple infringes two patents regarding speech recognition technology. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, last week Friday. "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 University, according to Reuters.

Last year for example, Apple won a patent ruling against the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer, HTC, which allowed Apple to ban some HTC mobile devices from U.S. import.

The university declined to disclose the amount of compensation. However, the calculation would assumably be based on sales of Apple devices that use Siri in the United States.

China against Apple

Earlier this year, two small companies from Taiwan’s neighbor, China, had also filed lawsuits against Apple. Zhi Zhen Internet Technology charged Apple for the voice assistant functions used in Siri which are similar to their software called “Xiao i Robot”, while the other company, Jiangsu Xuebao charged Apple for the use of Snow Leopard as the name of its computer operating system (Xuebao -雪豹, means “Snow Leopard” in Chinese)

Apple vs Samsung

Meanwhile the lawsuit between Apple and Samsung is still ongoing. The battle between the two large electronics corporations began last year when Apple accused Samsung for copying iPhone/iPad, which was countersued by Samsung. The trial is expected to last four weeks.


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