Ubisoft, EA, Disney Interactive and SCEA have been named in a lawsuit alleging infringement of a voice recognition technology

Publishers Named in Voice Suit

Texas-based Bareis Technologies, LLC filed the suit on November 10, alleging that the various publishers violated its patent “Optical Disk Having Speech Recognition Templates for Information Access" filed in the mid-1990s.

The patent filing states, "The present invention overcomes the disadvantages and inefficiencies associated with using existing CD-ROM or other optical disk technologies by allowing for a more efficient user interface for system control. The preferred user interface is accomplished by integrating automatic speech recognition technologies into optical disk players for command and control purposes. The use of automatic speech recognition technologies in conjunction with optical disks provides an information or data storage medium capable of supplying reference templates for speech to enable users to access specific disks and/or disk information by speaking associated words, titles, or the like. The present invention provides for an optical disk capable of automatic speech recognition command and control that can present or output previously stored information for the purpose of indicating user selections."

The games named in the complaint include a host of titles in Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy series as well as SCEA’s SoCom: U.S. Navy SEALs, SoCom II: U.S. Navy SEALs, SoCom III: U.S. Navy SEALs, SoCom Combined Assault, EA’s NASCAR 06 and NASCAR 07 and Disney’s Phonics Quest.

The plaintiff is seeking damages and royalties. Thanks to GamePolitics.

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