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PTAB Shuts Down Amazon’s Challenge to Voice Command Patent

Nov. 15, 2019, 3:59 PM

Amazon.com Inc. lost its bid to kill claims in a voice technology patent that a New York university accused the company of infringing with its Alexa virtual assistant, a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office tribunal decided.

Amazon failed to show these was a “reasonable likelihood” that it could convince the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to invalidate the challenged claims in U.S. Patent No. 7,177,798, the tribunal said Nov. 14. The decision was a win for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which is suing Amazon for allegedly infringing its patent.

The patent covers technology for a person to verbally communicate with ...