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Apple to patent the "Intelligent Automated Assistant"

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:16

You didn't think Apple isn't going to patent Siri, did you? Well, it is! Cupertino's most popular company has submitted a new patent application, titled "Intelligent Automated Assistant", trying to keep the awesomeness of Siri and similar products all to itself...

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posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:32 2

10. Aeires (unregistered)

So what is the word on Google filing patents for Google Now? Seriously doubt they just created the application from the ground up without getting patents for it, especially after Apple has made it clear they patent everything, including color.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:47

23. drazyw (unregistered)

Dunno, I've seen them start to pattent a few things, which in the past they were very adamant against doing. They wanted this open source, open world thing and saw no need to pattent anything. Now they are scrambling to figure things out because their competition pattents everything and leaves them with no leg to stand on.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:33 2

11. navidsina2004 (Posts: 4; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

damn you evil apple. trying to patent something you bought completely when it was almost ready for android platform. you are a sick fu*king blood sucker in the world of science. you are a disgrace to human beings.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:33 8

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Yeah, except Apple didn't f**king develop Siri at all. They bought it, integrated it, f**ked it up a little, then started selling it. Google Now, on the other hand, is said to have been in development for three years. If Google can produce documentation showing they had Now in development prior to Apple's acquisition of Nuance, they can probably have the patent declared invalid when Apple brings it to bear against them.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:39

14. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

It may not get to a patent issuing. There is a new sheriff over at the USPTO - crowd-sourced invalidity challenges. If the crowd can show valid examples of invalidity, the patent doesn't issue.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:42 6

17. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Well, we'll see. If anyone can get on that it's an army of geeks. Which, oh wow, guess what? Seems to be the most ardent supporters of Android. ;)

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:46 4

21. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Lol Sniggy.


posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:16 3

29. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

lol, there is too much prior art for a Siri patent to stand in court.

Google Voice is what.. 3 years old? It did everything Siri did years before it came out, it just didnt accept multiple commands for the same thing.

Vlingo and others have been around since RIM was popular. There is way too much prior work for Apple to have a real leg to stand on in court.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 13:55

52. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

At this point, it is just an application. If the application gets crowd-sourced for invalidity, I doubt the application issues as a patent for all of the reasons (and probably others as well) that you mention. Voice-assistance is just too far along the development curve.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:42 2

16. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

The wording is so vague, Apple is setting up future lAwsuiTs.
Personally, I tried using SiRi on my old teeny-tiny iPhone 4S, I wouldn't refer to her as "the system" or an "embodiment" because it implies something more technicallt advanced. SiRi is only capable of simple answers, unlike those commercials with John Malkovich that show her as a fully intelligent interactive "system". The only reality of those commercials is the pathetic loneliNess of the end-user.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:42 1

18. drazyw (unregistered)

Sorry but this should never be approved. Their are too many "like" systems out their already. Android had Voice Control long before Siri existed. Hell, every navigation system out their has voice control with natural language communication. Sorry Apple, you didn't invent any of it, and you can't have it as your own. The world doesn't revolve around you.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:50

24. ddeath (Posts: 169; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

But knowing the patent offices of US which grant any ridiculous patents Apple put up, it may be approved. If they even say they invented smart phones or mp3 players, the patent office$ will approve it.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:45

20. mukrenol (Posts: 92; Member since: 03 Sep 2011)

that is.... so blink people are screwed.... they could not use voice assistance anymore other than apple's.... dragon old dragon... you might be force to lay to rest...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:47 3

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I'm honestly tired of Apple. They need to get out of the mobile world for innovation to progress.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 07:52 1

26. dandare808 (Posts: 5; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)

Couldnt they have just asked Siri to do this :P

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:18

30. FoneAddict (Posts: 259; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Oh paaleeeeeeze Apple enough of this patent nonsense!!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:24

31. AmitMajumder (Posts: 178; Member since: 21 May 2012)

Maybe sometime near future apple will also patent the making of mobile devices in the world.... WTF this Sh*t

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:35

32. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

Yet something else they should not allow in such broad terms.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:37

33. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

I'm actually surprised they didn't do it a year ago at least, you know before it was actually a thing...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:45

34. KickRocks (Posts: 181; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)

I seriously hope google has applied for a patent for their virtual assistant which has been out long before siri. As much as google dislikes patent wars, apple has shown since they can no longer out innovate google or any other company, they will simply sue them out of business. Apple'S new business moto os If you cant beat em, sue them. Apple is the leach of the mobile industry.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 08:50

36. TritonForceX (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Sep 2012)

I'm sorry, and I'll admit I'm no patent attorney, just thinking logically, but shouldn't an application for a patent describe HOW you're accomplishing an idea, rather than just say "this is what I want to do." If that's the case then every single one of us should storm the patent office and file for every single conceivable idea, much like people used to (and probably still) try to claim domain names with similar or misspelled names of businesses they then try to sell back to the companies.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:21

40. yajia1 (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)

The 'intelligent' right there doesn't actually refer to Siri. Well at least not the Siri as we know it now.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 10:48 1

42. omacmagics (Posts: 42; Member since: 27 Dec 2011)

Next up, Apple files patent for the color white and black on is**t.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 11:26

43. garz_pa (Posts: 154; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

This is too broad. I hope the Patent Office sees this and reject this outrageous patent application. The ridiculous part is, they DID NOT EVEN INNOVATE IT! Apple was just the first one to implement it on a smartphone.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:58

46. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

Wrong.... Vlingo was on BB way before Apple had Siri... Even Siri was on iPhones before Apple had Siri.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 12:08

44. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

love the way Apple protects its investement.. thats what the patent system is about, congrats to them and hope they protect al their innovation.. not invention.. Innovation..

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:02

53. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)

siri isnt there innovation dumbass they brought it

apple are going to be the death of all innovation , soon it'll just be phone company's suing each other with no room to improve there phones without infringing on some pathetic patent.

you keep supporting apple but they will continue to crap on there ifans more and more (already started happening with there iphone 5 and its shoddy quality) becuase you lay back and accept it.

apple cant compete, so they patent everyone else's work

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 14:20 1

55. tedkord (Posts: 14133; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

It's reminiscent of the way a third world dictator protects his power base.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 16:36

56. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

why is Apple a dictator. what rules have they broken?... is not Apple fault that the patent system is broken.. you guys are just looking to hate on Apple regardless of what they do or don't do.. go knock on Google to get on their high heels and protect their work..

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 16:48 2

57. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

... No, never mind. You're not worth responding to on this one.

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