TechCrunch

A company that has acquired 100% ownership of a patent for an off-site transcription system — United States Patent 6,298,326 — in order to, in its words, “effectively administer certain patents for technology”, says it will be seeking residual royalties from Apple, for its Siri voice assistant, and Google, for the Voice Recognition technology in its Android 4.1 release, along with “many other software and hardware providers that have adopted systems similar to the patent”.

We’ve reached out to Apple and Google for a reaction to the patent claim and will update if we hear back.

The company is a non-practicing entity –– or ‘patent troll’ to use a more pejorative term — called Accredited Transcription Corp (ATC). It said it will be sending cease and desist letters to Apple, Google and other technology companies it believes to be infringing its patent within the next 30 days. ATC wants the companies to either pay royalties, license…

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