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Taiwan University Sues Apple Over Siri Patents 138

Rambo Tribble writes "Reuters is reporting that Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University has filed a suit against Apple claiming patent infringement by the Siri voice-recognition software. At issue are two patents dating to 2007 and 2010. From the article: 'The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, on Friday, it said. "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, in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan.'"
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Taiwan University Sues Apple Over Siri Patents

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  • by tlhIngan ( 30335 ) <> on Monday July 30, 2012 @12:07PM (#40818845)

    I wonder how much Apple likes being on the receiving end?

    IP lawsuits are great! ... until you get slapped by one.

    People suing Apple isn't exactly a *NEW* thing. It's actually been quite steady or so (one every week or so) the past decade or more.

    Heck, Creative sued Apple about a decade ago over the use of categories to help find music (Artist/Album/Genre/etc) on the iPod way back when. (I believe Apple settled, in exchange for a pile of stuff Creative was to make to support the iPod or so). Ditto Sony and others.

    It's actually unusual to have Apple NOT being sued by someone or other on a weekly basis.

  • Re:So what? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday July 30, 2012 @12:36PM (#40819205)

    Normally universities do research and don't develop a thechnology to production quality. For this they either do spin-offs or licensing. And apple didn't license the patents.

    I am more interested if someone here checked the patents in question have any merits?

    Another question is should a (presumely public funded) university patent its inventions at all?

  • Re:taiwan != china (Score:4, Interesting)

    by sydneyfong ( 410107 ) on Monday July 30, 2012 @01:13PM (#40819653) Homepage Journal

    Taiwan is de facto sovereign. The only non-sovereign part about Taiwan is that due to pressures by the PRC govt, most of the International community do not recognize Taiwan/ROC's sovereignty (over the island generally known as "Taiwan").

    It's a over-complicated issue though, and really depends on who you're talking to, and whether you're trying to be factually correct or politically correct....

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