RPI’s case against Apple over Siri going to trial in May
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s claim that one of its professors invented the technology behind the Siri voice recognition app in Apple’s iPhone is going before a jury in May, four years after its lawsuit against the tech giant was filed in U.S. District Court in Albany.A jury trial will start May 2 in federal court in Syracuse. U.S. Magistrate Judge David Peebles will preside over the trial, expected to last 10 days.
RPI has claimed that professor Cheng Hsu invented the voice recognition technology that Siri is based on more than 15 years ago and filed a patent for it in 2000.
The actual Siri app was a spinoff of a Department of Defense artificial intelligence project at SRI International, the research institute started by Stanford University. Apple bought it reportedly for about $200 million in 2010.
RPI shares its patent rights with a public company called Marathon Patent Group. RPI has claimed that the lawsuit could be worth $120 million or more if it were to win.
Apple, which has fought the lawsuit for years, did not respond to a request for comment.
Since I’m in Troy I have to root for RPI