Tuesday 22 May 2018

Apple shells out over Siri lawsuit


Daniel Anderson

Apple has been forced into a settlement over a long running lawsuit regarding their personal digital assistant Siri

Apple will pay out $24.9 million to bring to a close a long running lawsuit over the use of the technology behind their digital assistant Siri.

The lawsuit was filed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2012 and alleges that a Siri-like system had been developed at the company before Apple brought it to market in 2011. And the only company which was licensed to use the technology was a Dallas outfit called Dynamic Advances.

This case was set to go to trial in May 2016, and Apple's legal team has stepped in early to ensure that doesn't happen. A sum of $5 million will be paid immediately to stop the court proceedings, with the balance available after certain conditions are met. The parent company of Dynamic Advances will claim that initial sum and Rensselaer is expected to be compensated, though a report from Bizjournals.com suggests they aren't satisfied with the settlement amount.

A company as big as Apple attracts a large amount of legal attention every year and one part of this settlement is an agreement that it can't be sued on this particular matter for at least three years. In the meantime, Siri will be staying on as a major part of the Apple experience.

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