Apple Trying to Patent Siri Voice Assistant Components
Apple is trying to secure the patent to the various technologies that together comprise the Siri Voice Assistant, a move that some view as Apple's way of telling competitors to stop trying to rip off Siri and its popular features.
In a patent filing almost as long as "War and Peace," Apple meticulously outlines the intellectual property asserted behind the creation of Siri. The document filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is labeled "Intelligent Automated Assistant."
According to some legal experts and market analysts who have looked into the matter, Apple is taking a particularly bold move in claiming ownership of how users can speak conversationally with Siri as opposed to just chirping commands into their mobile device.
Apple, in fact, positions Siri as a true assistant capable of reducing frustration from users who seek information.
"Many users may have difficulty even discovering what functionality and/or information is available on their electronic devices or on various websites," the document reads. "Thus, such users may become frustrated over overwhelmed, or may simply be unable to use the resources available to them in an effective manner."
If you're wondering if this latest effort by Apple could spur more lawsuits, that is a definite possibility for down the road. But for now, Apple must first obtain the intellectual property protections it seeks. And there's no guarantee that this will actually happen.
Source: US Patent and Trademark Office (Via Apple Insider