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RE: [newtech-1] How are Voice Recognition start ups able to exist in App Stores without being sued?

From: David R.
Sent on: Thursday, March 28, 2013 9:38 AM



You can't be successfully sued  for competing with someone, unless you infringe their patent, copyright or trademark, misappropriate their trade secret or violate a contract, etc.


And if Apple prevented you from competing with one of their apps, they could be open to an anti-trust claim.



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From: [address removed] [mailto:[address removed]] On Behalf Of Ryan Y
Sent: Wednesday, March 27,[masked]:50 PM
To: [address removed]
Subject: [newtech-1] How are Voice Recognition start ups able to exist in App Stores without being sued?


As some of you know, there are a few super popular mobile voice-recognition apps in both Apple and Google's app stores.  I'm not going to name them here or you might think I'm advertising...but one of those apps has 1-5 Million downloads. Another one is selling as a paid app.  One of them, selling on the iPhone market and listed in Apple's own app store, has a list of features that do the exact same things that Siri does.  These are not made by a  big dog like Nuance; they seem to be start ups.


Now, my question is, how are these mobile apps, that clearly does the same things that Siri and Google Now does, allowed to exist in the app stores by Apple and Google?  I'm surprised they aren't getting sued, not only by Apple, but by Nuance as well, who actually did sue bigtime a couple years back.


The only thing that is holding me back from releasing our own artificial intelligent personal assistant app that I have worked for years on, is fear of litigation and removal from the app store by Apple.  They've done it to other apps in the past.  But not these guys?  What is going on? Enlighten me, someone!

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