Apple, the world’s largest and richest company, made a habit of suing competitors and asking for them to be thrown out of the market. The company always has diverse claims on generalist patents that were strangely awarded to it despite being obvious and quite popular concepts.
Usually, most of the research in any scientific field comes from the academic world, and the scientists and students working in university labs are the ones who discover the concepts and then license or sell the patents regarding their research.
Therefore, everybody pays attention when a famous academic institute like Taiwan’s National Cheng Kung University files suit against Apple
regarding speech recognition patents that the university held since way back in 2002.
The fact that the patents are more than a decade old is of peak interest.
The university is reportedly
asking for a permanent sales ban on all devices and software relating to Siri, as well as retroactive damages.