No wonder Amazon didn’t want to build its HQ2 in the Capital Region.
After successfully suing Apple over its Siri voice recognition app, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is now suing Amazon, making the same argument that the underlying technology was developed at the Troy school.
Two years ago Apple settled with RPI and a patent litigation firm for nearly $25 million over a patent issued to RPI professor Cheng “Kent” Hsu and a former graduate student that RPI says was the initial invention for the Siri technology.
It has been expected that RPI and the patent litigation firm, Dynamic Advances, would go after other companies like Amazon that offer voice recognition services to their customers.
Amazon uses its Alexa software to enable devices like Echo and Fire TV to respond to questions posed by users.
The lawsuit was filed May 8 in U.S. District Court in Albany. Lawyers for RPI and Dynamic Advances say the venue is appropriate in part because Amazon sells its products in the region and is considering New York state for its second headquarters outside of Seattle.
The suit also claims that Amazon has executives working in the area covered by the Albany federal court, which is within the so-called Northern District of New York that spans Binghamton to Plattsburgh and includes Syracuse and Albany.
“Defendant’s employees within this district include at least its executives, technical employees, sales representatives, and others,” the suit states. “On information and belief, defendant’s employees within this district are directly involved in defendant’s direct infringement, including through the development, testing, demonstration, use, and sale of the accused products within this