Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) has sued Apple for infringing on two of its speech recognition patents.
NCKU is claiming that Apple's Siri app infringes on patents it filed in 2002 and 2005. The patents in question relate to the use of speech recognition and speech matching systems which the university began developing in the 1990s.
The case has been brought in front of a Texas court. NCKU is working with Texas attorney Winston Huff during the proceedings.
"NCKU has suffered monetary damages in an amount not yet determined, and will continue to suffer damages in the future unless Apple's infringing activities are enjoined by this Court," Huff said in the filing.
According to US patent filings NCKU's patents deal with the matching and recognition of speech by an electronic device.
In its patent numbered 7,707,032 NCKU stakes claim to a method and system used for matching speech data. The system has the ability to match speech fragments with sample speech preloaded into the system.
"The present invention relates to a matching method and system," the university states in its original patent which was officially recognised in 2010.
"More particularly, the present invention relates to a method and system for determining the similarity between two speech data."
The university's second patent in question relates to a system that runs speech through a four part module that attempts to recognise speech. NCKU says in the patent that the four part system creates four separate intellectual products that could each be used to streamline product building.
"Each module forms an intellectual product (IP) component by itself," NCKU continues in its patent numbered 7,266,496.
"Each IP component can work with various products and application requirements for the design reuse to greatly shorten the time to market."
In its claim, NCKU asks to be awarded damages and trial expenses. The university also asks for an injunction against any Apple products that infringe on its patents.
Apple was not avaiable for comment at the time of publication.
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