Siri at Center of Latest Patent Lawsuit Filed Against Apple

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    Arizona-based speech recognition technology company AVRS, short for Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc., has filed a lawsuit against Apple this week, accusing the iPhone maker of infringing on one of its patents with its virtual assistant Siri, according to court documents obtained by MacRumors.

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    The asserted patent is U.S. Patent No. 7,558,730, titled "Speech recognition and transcription among users having heterogeneous protocols." It was initially filed in 2001 but abandoned, refiled in 2007, and granted in 2009. Siri was first introduced alongside the iPhone 4s in October 2011.

    The complaint is very exhaustive and technical, but in simple terms, AVRS believes Siri's ability to process voice commands across multiple protocols and operating systems, such as iOS and macOS, infringes on its patented technology.

    AVRS claims that Apple has been aware of the patent since at least 2013, and that Apple has cited it at least 77 times in its other speech recognition patents and in other litigation. AVRS says it also sent Apple correspondence in 2015, but to no avail, as Apple allegedly continues its willful infringement to present day.

    AVRS has demanded a jury trial in Arizona district court, where it is seeking damages from Apple, in an amount no less than a reasonable royalty.

    AVRS says its speech recognition software was first introduced in 1994, but it does not appear to offer any products or services that incorporate its patented technologies on its website, so it is more than likely a non-practicing entity.

    "Our portfolio of intellectual property is the foundation of our business model," the company's website acknowledges.

    Apple has yet to formally respond to the complaint.

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  2. sputnikv macrumors 6502

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    Any company claiming that Siri has infringed on its technologies should realize that it only makes their technology and company look inept
     
  3. klunernet macrumors member

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    In other words, a patent-troll, and there is plenty of case history against that behavior by now.
     
  4. Kabeyun macrumors 68000

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    This is patently false.
     
  5. Bornee35 macrumors regular

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    Any company with a stock value of 0.0050 USD is not producing its own goods or services. Patent Troll
     
  6. twistedpixel8 macrumors regular

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    Aliens studied our patent system and decided we were too stupid to be of any benefit to a Galactic Alliance. That’s why we weren’t invited.

    Other contributing factors comprise of: Donald Trump (before and after Presidency), the Citroen Cactus and Starbucks’ Unicorn Frappuccino.
     
  7. Bornee35 macrumors regular

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    As per their website, behold their company headquarters: HA
     
  8. now i see it macrumors 68030

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    Apple should sue them for patenting such lame technology.
     
  9. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    While a Patent Troll would have filed in Texas, they filed in Arizona. Let's wait until more details are known.
     
  10. JetTester macrumors member

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    Their claims seem to be all inclusive for voice recognition. So, that means they've sued Google, Amazon, and anybody else using similar technology, right? No? Hmmm....
     
  11. kanki1985 macrumors member

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    Its getting hotter in AZ and Trolls are waking up!!
     
  12. 69Mustang macrumors 603

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    How does this question make it to every patent thread? It's pretty obvious. 1. Apple has the most money. Apple is the largest target. Apple also appears to be the company they've been corresponding with over the years. So with all of that, how much sense does it make to query if they've sued Google et al? Pretty sure a company that size could only handle one lawsuit at a time. If they can even that handle one.
     
  13. cmwade77 macrumors 65816

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    They also sued the original makers of Siri when they fist introduced the tech, right?
     
  14. 69Mustang macrumors 603

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    Why would they sue the original makers of Siri? They want a settlement. Probably one that includes ongoing licensing. Do you guys not understand how money works?
     
  15. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    So only Apple infringed? How about Microsoft, Google and Samsung?
     
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    the manufacturing facilities are in that tree. Their workforce may at first glance look like they may be under minimum working age requirements but when you look more closely you notice they're only short because they are elves.
     
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    So is Siri going to actually speak for itself in the courtroom?
    Seems reasonable considering how troll-ish this lawsuit smells.
     
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    I’ll sue them for developing technology that is absolute crap and basically unusable.

    Not sure why, but I’ve noticed on iPhone X, voice recognition has taken a huge step backward. Alexa understands everything I say, every time.
     
  19. JimmyHook macrumors 6502a

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    Definitely a troll who will get crushed
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    Why would Apple ever give them any money?
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    Apple is the defendant, they are the ones who get to decide if it will be a jury trial or not
     
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    ??? I have no idea what you're talking about. Were you intending to respond to another quote?
     
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    I copied the same quote, and almost said the same thing, until I scrolled through the comments. Patent portfolios are donezo.
     
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    Am I the only one thinking I hope Apple loses this lawsuit and is forced to start from scratch on a new voice assistant?
     
  23. farewelwilliams macrumors 68000

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    generally need to look at the shares outstanding, not just the stock price
     
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    Not very lame if Apple is using it
     

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