Apple pays $25 million to settle lawsuit over Siri

Apple pays $25 million to settle lawsuit over Siri
Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million  to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to settle a lawsuit over the creation of Siri. The virtual voice activated personal assistant debuted in October 2011 with the unveiling of the Apple iPhone 4s. The lawsuit states that Rensselaer held Siri's patent and had licensed it exclusively to a Dallas firm called Dynamic Advances.

The settlement calls for Apple to pay Marathon Patent Group, parent company of Dynamic Advances, $5 million as soon as the lawsuit is dropped. Apple will pay the balance of $19.9 million once some conditions are met. 50% of the settlement money will go to Rensselaer, attorneys, and the previous holder of the exclusive Siri license.

While Apple will receive a patent license for Siri, the settlement protects the iPhone manufacturer from getting sued over the technology for just three years. For now though, the settlement keeps the case out of the courtroom. A trial was scheduled to start next month in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of New York. It should be noted that Rensselaer has not agreed to the amount of royalties it will receive in the settlement, and that issue could end up in litigation.

The Siri patent (U.S. patent No. 7177798 B2 for "Natural language interface using constrained intermediate dictionary of results.") was awarded in 2007.


source: AlbanyBusinessReview via MacRumors

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22 Comments

1. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Damn Siri, your expensive!!

6. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

*you're and apple is so cheap

11. engineer-1701d unregistered

what the f apple sues samsung half a billion for rounded corners and the bounce look and wins for the most part and company only gets 9 million after lawyers and uncle sam, for something that made the iphone what it is today thats basically as important as a touch screen, what the hells wrong with this world why do evil people and companies always win or luck out in the luckiest way

21. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

very true, i remember days whey sheeps was going to court with slide to unlock as a patent. looking at how market is growing, apple needs to start really inventing something to provide something whats worth their price tags not old tech in nice looks, since competitors can provide much better stuff for less price, not just in phone market

2. SumDumFuq

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 31, 2016

What Apple got sued? No way!

3. Unordinary unregistered

Every big wig company sues and gets sued. Especially Samsung and Google. You just don't hear about it because everyone's too busy sticking their heads up Apples arse with attention. Talk about fan boys lol.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Exactly, everyone is stuck on hating and sticking their heads where the sun doesn't shine.

5. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Same for those that spend countless hours defending their favorite brand.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

you see defending, I see setting the facts straight... just like Techie XP nearly all of trolls use half truths and blatant lies to paint Apple users as if they made a dumb choice, when in fact iOS works better for many users including tech savvy and IT guys...

12. engineer-1701d unregistered

thats because they used a pc and android device to do work and need to post Instagram selfies and every other stupid social media crap people need to feel relevant in the world

14. AlikMalix unregistered

That swings for both platforms and 90% of all population... It does not apply to people here on PA... but what you described is platform agnostic....

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but people consider iFans stupid not for choosing an OS or product, but why they chose it instead. Half the time they spend months and years hating on one thing or the other and as soon as Apple implements it, it is the best feature ever. Then they defend stupid decisions like one usb port and dongles or no headphone jack and call it forward thinking. That's why people call iFans idiots, not because they chose something over another.

23. AlikMalix unregistered

FF, that what you posted also swings both ways!!!

24. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Like you usually do? You know people like you very well, don't you?! lol

19. ..Z..

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 16, 2016

Most iFans don't know what to do in between the yearly iRapture events. For some of them, perhaps those whose iFaith is faltering, there is a need to make all these mockups of the upcoming iHolyDevices, to tide them over until their patron, Saint Ive, brings down the real thing from iHeaven.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm still laughing from your post.

8. RichardYarell

Posts: 67; Member since: Mar 24, 2016

$25 million is nothing for a billionaire (corpse)peration. where money can easily get back by selling freshly slaughtered iMuttons

10. AlikMalix unregistered

What?

15. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I think he may actually be in an institution and just have communal internet access. I can picture him wandering around in circles muttering mindless brand-related comments to himself.

20. ..Z..

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 16, 2016

How dare you?? You have the un-iMitiGated Gall to use such iBlasphemy. Especially, without my approval. And, pathetically, you iButcher everything out of iContext: mockups, really????!!! Well, they are iMockups!! And, for your information, it is Saint iVe!!!

13. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

They got off cheap but at least they lost and,have to pay something.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I never even heard of this. I want to know what happened with the Siri suit, where the Chinese company who made this assistant app called i-Robot, where Apple stole the Ui and everything. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/27/siri-chinese-assistant_n_2966188.html

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