NY Judge Removes Himself in Siri Patent Suit Against Apple

Siri on iPhone

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New York District Court Judge Gary Sharpe excused himself from presiding over a Siri-related patent case last Tuesday. He said he has an unspecified interest in Apple.

The judge said law requires him  to recuse himself in a case in which it may appear he has a personal interest.  Judge David Hurd will preside in the case.

As reported by CNET, the patent suit was first filed on Friday with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, where limited  Dynamic Advances asserts claims against Apple and its Siri voice recognition assistant.

Dynamic Advances Siri Suit

The latest patent issue has something to do with U.S. Patent No. 7,177,798, also known as “Natural language interface using constrained intermediate dictionary of results.” It was reported that the patent was infringed by Apple’s Siri.

It is brought  against Apple, and the Dynamic Advances Siri Suit claims that they are the exclusive licensee of the patent-in-suit. According to the original complaint, the IP was invented by a professor and doctoral candidate at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Dynamic Advances is the exclusive licensee to the ‘798 Patent. As such, Rensselaer has transferred all substantial rights to be the ‘798 Patent to Dynamic Advances, including the exclusive right to sue infringement and recover damages for all past, present, and future infringement.

Additionally, the suit goes on to say that the patent in issue covers “methods for processing a natural language input.” This method simply describes one of Siri’s main features: conversational interaction.

The company didn’t mention what exactly it does with the licensed patents, and it was also discovered that Dynamic Advances is a non-practicing entity. That’s because there are no further details given regarding it history or operation.

On the other hand, Apple cited the published IP while submitting at least three patent applications, which includes a text-to-speech invention and a property directly associated with Siri.

This is not the first time that Apple faced complaints regarding its Siri technology. Earlier this year, the Cupertino-based company was hit with two class-action lawsuits for falsely advertising the service. In July, a Chinese company also brought claims against Siri because of infringing a similar service called the Xiaoi Bot.

Meanwhile, Dynamic Advances is seeking damages, reimbursement of court fees, and royalties from Apple for the alleged patent infringement.

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