Apple has been in a lawsuit with Dynamic Advances over Siri since 2012, but today they have finally concluded the suit, settling with Dynamic Advances for close to $25 million according to reports.
The lawsuit began back in 2012 when Dynamic alleged that Apple’s Siri infringed on a patent that was licenced by them to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.
This patent was related to a natural language interface and dictionary results and was granted to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, which was four years before Siri was launched.
Since that time Apple has been in a few courts to sort the issue out, but just before their next court procedure was due, Apple settled the case for $24.9 million according to sources.
As a result of this, Apple has also been granted a licence to use the feature as part of this settlement for the next three years, after which Apple will either have to replace the feature, or continue the contract.
Half of the money will be paid to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute the other part will go to Dynamic Advances after legal fees have been paid.