Bloomberg Law
Oct. 9, 2020, 3:12 PMUpdated: Oct. 9, 2020, 7:45 PM

Amazon Told to Pay $5 Million in Patent Trial Over Echo (1)

Susan Decker
Susan Decker
Bloomberg News
Laurel Calkins
Laurel Calkins
Bloomberg News infringed a patent owned by closely held Vocalife for a microphone array system, a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, said Thursday.

  • The microphone array improves speech recognition, according to Vocalife
  • The $5 million would cover royalties for both past and future sales, the jury said
  • NOTE: Vocalife had claimed Amazon learned of the technology from a presentation it made to the company, but the jury rejected arguments that infringement of the patent was intentional
  • Amazon denied infringing the patent and said it would appeal the verdict
  • “We appreciate the jury’s service but disagree with the outcome of this case,” ...

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