Apple is again on the news for violating the patents for the second time in the same year. Earlier alleged of using intellectual properties in its prime time features like face time and I message & was penalised by the court for $625.6 million to another firm holding the patent.
The Tech Giant had now agreed to pay $24.9 million for violating the patent and settle the case one month before going to the trial court. This time for using in the case of its popular voice assistant Siri on its devices. The patent which states as “Natural language interface using constrained intermediate dictionary of results “was developed by a professor named Dr. Cheng Hsu assisted by Veera Boonjing, a doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The patent is all about user interfaces recognizing local language licensed to a Dallas-based company called Dynamic Advances.
The Company is paying $5 million for the Marathon Patent Group, which is dynamic advance’s parent after the immediate drop of the case. The patent was exclusively licensed by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to Dynamic Advances in the year 2007, which was four years before the release of Apple’s Siri to iPhone 4 on 2011.The case was filed after one year on October 2012 by the Dallas company, and it is concluded now before going on to the trail. The tech company had extended the voice assistant’s features to all its devices excluding Mac Books.
The balance amount of $19.9 million would be summed up later to the Marathon group in return getting the patent rights and assurance of not suing again for three years. It is revealed that about half of the amount paid by the Apple would be directed to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The university had declined to the offered royalty amount. However, the final cost-sharing agreement is not done between them and will be revealed once confirmed.