It seems Apple’s legal team is having a hard time traveling to courtrooms every now and then. Either they are accusing or acting as a defendant, but they are certainly busy with legal actions. Recently, Apple won a lawsuit against Samsung which wasn’t the first lawsuit that favored Apple against Samsung.
This time, it is Apple’s turn to act as a defendant. As Dot 23, a Texas-based company has filed a lawsuit against Apple for infringing their patents. The patents are about Apple’s Siri voice recognition technology.
Patent Lawsuit Filed Against Apple’s Siri Technology
The patent number ‘802 and ‘029 describes a program or a code that is capable of executing, recognizing and processing alphanumeric voice commands. To make it simple, you can ask Siri – “Call 1234567890” and Siri will dial the number.
Another patent ‘903 from Dot 23 covers that a technology which delivers geographical data on demand. This is nothing but asking Siri for a specific place or a location. The patent does not cover the hardware part of this technology; it just relies on the cell tower data.
In the case of Siri, it does not wholly rely on tower data as it also uses built-in GPS navigation system.
An interesting part of the lawsuit is that it covers iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and iPhone 6 as products enabling infringement.
Dot 23 has demanded fees along with interest from Apple. Though the case has not been assigned a judge yet, but even then, if this suit results in favor of Dot 23 then Apple will have to shell out heavy amounts as part of fees and interest.