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The Patent, Used as a Sword (New York Times)

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The Patent, Used as a Sword By CHARLES DUHIGG and STEVE LOHR Published: October 7, 2012 New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/08/technology/patent-wars-among-tech-giants-can-stifle-competition.html?_r=1&smid=li-share&goback=.gde_3746653_member_173015486

“When Apple announced last year that all iPhones would come with a voice-activated assistant named Siri, capable of answering spoken questions, Michael Phillips’s heart sank…”

“For three decades, Mr. Phillips had focused on writing software to allow computers to understand human speech.
… in 2008, Mr. Phillips’s company, Vlingo, had been contacted by a much larger voice recognition firm called Nuance. “I have patents that can prevent you from practicing in this market,” Nuance’s chief executive, Paul Ricci, told Mr. Phillips, according to executives involved in that conversation.” see more in the full paper

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Written by youryblog

October 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Posted in Business, SW Eng./Dev., Warning

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