Companies in North Carolina whose products involve the use of digital technology are keeping a close watch on a patent infringement case directed at the Siri feature offered by Apple to its customers. The business litigation is based on a claim that the popular Siri voice recognition feature violates patents held by a Colorado company since 1998.
North Carolina technology sector analysts took note earlier this month as Microsoft was handed a victory in its court battle with Motorola Mobility, a handset maker owned by Google, over patent licensing fees. The breach of contract award ordered Motorola to pay $14.5 million to the software giant for its alleged failure to provide reasonable licensing terms for standard essential patents for video and wireless technology. In this instance, the technology is used in Microsoft's Xbox video gaming console. The award is only half of the $29 million in damages originally sought by Microsoft.