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Apple has settled a lawsuit dating all the way back to 2012 regarding a claimed copyright infringement involving virtual assistant Siri. Apple has agreed to settle for $24.9 million.
A company called Dynamic Advances holds the licence for a patent belonging to a New York-based private research university called Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which received the patent in 2007 – Siri was released in 2011.
The patent in question is titled “Natural language interface using constrained intermediate dictionary of results.” The suit claimed that Siri does exactly that.
The trial, which was set for next month, will now be dropped as per the terms of the settlement. Other terms include the acceptance that Apple will continue to run, operate and use Siri in its products without the risk of being sued once again based on the patent. For three years, at least.