A Delaware federal courtroom has ordered Amazon to pay $46.7 million for infringing on 4 patents belonging to VB Belongings with Amazon’s Echo good audio system and Alexa digital assistant. A lawsuit from Nuance Communications-owned VB Belongings, beforehand referred to as VoiceBox Applied sciences, claimed to have already invented a round speaker that might connect with the online and reply voice-dictated prompts with a feminine, robotic voice.
Wednesday’s judgment [PDF], initially reported by Reuters, orders Amazon to pay the sum through operating royalty moderately than a lump sum. The ruling follows a jury verdict [PDF] discovering that Amazon infringed upon 4 of VoiceBox’s patents. The patents relate to offering network-coordinated conversational providers, a conversational voice consumer interface, and tying commercials to pure language processing of voice-based enter. VB Belongings initially accused Amazon of infringing on six of its patents.
Amazon nonetheless has time to enchantment the judgment, and VoiceBox has time to hunt reimbursement for associated prices.
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