There has been a lot of Apple talk on the forums as of late. I was putting together a piece on Apple and innovation. I, personally, believe that Apple borrowed or stole most of its "inventions". They are really good at spotting interesting technology, cloning it, and making it better (usually).
While researching, a brand new article popped up on Reuters (as if on cue). The National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan is suing Apple. They claim that Siri is infringing on two voice-to-text related patents, one from 2007 and one from 2010.
"We filed that lawsuit in the Texas court because it processes faster and its rulings are usually in favor of patent owners and the compensations are usually higher." -Yama Chen, legal manager of National Cheng Kung
They said the amount they will seek will be based on the number of Siri enabled devices Apple had sold.
This could be bad news for Apple. They were just forced to pay $60 million to Proview in Shenzhen over the use of the name iPad.
In my personal opinion, the patent wars needs to stop. It truly stifles innovation. Patent logos, slogans, branding, etc. Just leave the software alone. It's about time for some reform.