Word to Info has filed a lawsuit in the patent holder-friendly Eastern Texas District Court against tech-giant Apple. More specifically, Word to Info’s lawsuit alleges infringement of seven patents detailing methods of natural language processing. The company asserted the same series of patents against a number of tech industry giants marketing their own voice recognition and virtual assistant solutions.
The patents in question are U.S. Patent Nos. 5,715,468, 6,138,087, 6,609,091, 7,349,840, 7,873,509, 8,326,603 and 8,688,436 which cover methods of interpreting natural language input, dating back to 1998 when the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the ‘468 property to inventor and Word to Info director Robert Budzinski.
Word to Info claims Apple has knowledge of at least one of the patents-in-suit, which was cited “at least 65 times” in various Apple IP. Such listings include U.S. Patent Nos. 8,713,119, 8,903,716 and 9,548,050, each relating to personalized virtual assistants with contextual language processing capabilities.
Siri was debuted wth the iPhone 4s in 2011 and is now powered by Apple’s in-house engines.
Very little is known about Word to Info, though it seems the firm is a non-practicing entity solely reliant on Budzinski’s owned properties. A number of business tracking websites list the Texas entity as a personal services company founded in 2013 under the “Photographer, Still or Video” category. Tax documents show Word to Info operates at an address that appears to be Budzinski’s house.
Complaints lodged in each of the active cases do not mention whether Word to Info attempted to license its patented technology to the defendants prior to litigation.
Word to Info seeks unspecified damages and reimbursement of attorney fees in its case against Apple.