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Apple in trouble again over the voice control software Siri

Written by Thomas Mould on 27 January 2016

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Apple continues this year much like it has done for the past 5 years with more patent litigation.

In a lawsuit filed at the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Dot 23 Technologies, a Texas-based company, accused Apple of infringing three patents with the voice recognition software, Siri.

The patents, US numbers 6,917,802; 7,245,903; and 6,405,029, all relate to “among other things, voice control of wireless telephones”, according to the complaint which filed yesterday,

Among the Apple products directly named in the complaint are the iPhone 4, 5 and 6.

“These products infringe at least one claim of the [patents], at least by providing the capability to use voice recognition to program the operation of the voice recognition and voice dialling aspects of an iPhone 6 with Siri,” the complaint alleges.

Dot 23 is seeking damages and attorneys’ fees. 

Steve Jobs famously stated ‘good artists copy, great artists steal’ which has always been Apples stance on their innovations, clearly this attitude is costing them a fortune in legal costs and damaging their reputation as an innovator in the technologies


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