Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc. (“AVRS”) announced today in a press release that it has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court-Northern District for Arizona against Apple for infringement of U.S. Patent #7,558,730 entitled “Speech Recognition and Transcription Among Users Having Heterogeneous Protocols” (the “‘730 Patent”). The ‘730 Patent is the first of AVRS’ family of patents in the field of speech recognition and transcription.
The complaint asserts that Apple’s Siri, a voice-activated intelligent assistant which provides, among other things, voice recognition and natural language understanding solutions, and which is included in many Apple products such as the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, the Apple HomePod and the iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS operating systems, infringes the ‘730 Patent.
The complaint alleges that Apple has been aware of the ‘730 Patent since at least 2013 and has been willfully infringing the patent since then. The lawsuit seeks reasonable royalty damages for Apple’s alleged unauthorized use of the ‘730 Patent and enhanced damages for its alleged infringement of the patent.
President and CEO of AVRS, Walter Geldenhuys, stated, “We believe our patents are among the most valuable of our assets and we intend to vigorously enforce our rights.” Geldenhuys commented that “AVRS offered Apple a license to the ‘730 Patent but Apple refused to take one and we felt that this left us no choice but to file a lawsuit.”
You could review the Advanced Voice Recognition Systems Inc.’s patent here.
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