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USA: Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University sues Apple over voice-to-text technology (SIRI), examining Google`s and Microsoft`s voice recognition systems.
Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University said on Monday it had launched a suit alleging that Apple's use of Siri in its iPhone and future versions of its iPad infringes two U.S. patents it was granted in 2007 and 2010 that relate to voice-to-text technology.
The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, on Friday, it said.
"We filed that lawsuit in the Texas court because it processes faster and its rulings are usually in favor of patent owners and the compensations are usually higher," said Yama Chen, legal manager of National Cheng Kung, in the southern Taiwan city of Tainan.
He declined to disclose the amount of compensation the university was seeking but said any calculation would be based on Apple's U.S. sales of devices that use Siri.
An Apple representative in Asia could not immediately be reached for comment.
Chen said the university was also examining whether smartphone voice recognition systems used by Google Inc and Microsoft Corp have infringed its patents.