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Amazon Asks PTAB to Rethink Pass on Voice Tech Patent Review (1)

Dec. 17, 2019, 3:15 PMUpdated: Dec. 17, 2019, 10:04 PM

Amazon.com Inc. wants a Patent and Trademark Office tribunal to reconsider its decision to pass on reviewing the validity of claims in a New York university’s patent for technology allowing a person to verbally communicate with a computer.

Amazon asked the PTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board Dec. 16 for a rehearing on its decision to deny inter partes review of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s U.S. Patent No. 7,177,798. The board shut down Amazon’s attempt at killing claims in the patent in November.

The online retailer’s second swing at invalidating claims in the patent comes during an ongoing fight ...