Supporting Innovation and Growth in the Speech Industry

Litigation Landscape

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The STC monitors the Litigation Landscape in the speech industry to track NPE's (non-practicing entiies, or Trolls) for "hotspots" for speech suppliers and their customers.

Phoenix Solutions

Litigation Summary

Phoneix Solutions is an active troll with a growing number of patents and patent cases under their belt, such as their suit against Direct TV:

From Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP, Partner: "The accused technology involves the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system that answers customer calls. Plaintiff Phoenix Solutions claimed over $40 million in damages. After a Markman hearing and discovery, DIRECTV moved for summary judgment on the ground that it outsourced its IVR to a third-party vendor and therefore could not be liable for direct infringement. The Court agreed, holding that DIRECTV "is not liable for an infringing 'use' of the asserted claims because it does not exercise the requisite direction or control over the way that [the vendors] configure and operate the Accused Technology.".

Phoenix solutions has also gone after PG&E, Sony, Wells Fargoand West Interactive. While their patents' titles and abstracts read very broadly, a look at the claims shows them to be narrow and obscure and outdated techniques. Here are some examples:

6,615,172 Intelligent query engine for processing voice based queries

6,633,846 Distributed realtime speech recognition system

7,225,125 Speech recognition system trained with regional speech characteristics

The STC is tracking Phoenix suits and makes detailed information, such as these litigation summaries, to help members make better stratagy decisions in how to address a lawsuit.


Litigation Summary

Allvoice has a long history of patent litigation in speech:

From AllVoice to AllPatent: Milking the Speech Recognition Business with Parliamentary Support

AllVoice Computing PLC v. Nuance Communications, Inc.

Microsoft Faces Two More Patent Suits in Eastern District

They are getting some push back: Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc. Announces Declaration of Interference by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

March 15, 2010

Advanced Voice Recognition Systems, Inc today announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has declared an interference between its application serial number 09/351,542 as Senior Party and U.S. Patent 5,799,273, owned by Allvoice Developments LTD, (“Allvoice”) as Junior Party.

Bareis Technologies

Litigation Summary

From the Southeast Texas Record:

Plaintiff Bareis Technologies is a Texas corporation with its principal place of business in Plano. ...The plaintiff claims to own the rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,617,407 issued April 1, 1997, for an Optical Disk Having Speech Recognition Templates for Information Access. In general, the patent relates to optical disks with speech recognition templates used to access information. The plaintiff alleges defendants are Ubisoft, Sony Computer Entertainment, Electronic Arts Inc. and Disney Interactive Studios are infringing the 407 Patent.The allegedly infringing products include SoCom: U.S. Navy SEALs, NASCAR 06, Phonics Quest and others

Klausner Technologies

Litigation Summary

Apple, AT&T Settle iPhone Technology Patent Dispute: June 16 208, : Klausner Technologies settled the infringement lawsuit they brought against AT&T and Apple over patents for Klausner’s visual voicemail. AT&T and Apple paid Klausner an undisclosed sum and agreed to license the technology from Klausner.[16]