Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Taiwan University sues Apple

Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University filed a suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, and the controversial product is the virtual assistant Siri.

National University Cheng Kung claims that Apple's Siri unauthorized uses two patents related to speech recognition technology. They are asking for ban of the product, but also for an appropriate compensation.

The exact amount they ask for is not known, but they say it should be determined and based on the sales of the devices that use Siri in America.

The legal representative of the University said that with this step they want to respond to the lawsuits that other foreign companies filed against the Taiwanese companies and thus help the local industry.

Just to remind you, Apple is currently suing the Taiwanese company HTC, for unauthorized use of patents.

"We filed that lawsuit in the Texas court because it processes faster and its rulings are usually in favour of patent owners and the compensations are usually higher," said Mr Yama Chen, legal manager of National Cheng Kung, in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan.

The University, however, may not stop here, because they say they are currently investigating whether their technology is used by Microsoft and Google.