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October 09, 2012
Accredited Transcription Hires Legal Counsel to Protect Its Rights
By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor
Accredited Transcription Corp. has recently completed the full ownership of United States Patent 6,298,328 and the company also retains the right on Law Offices of Randall S. Newman, P.C., of New York, to protect its intellectual rights.
Attorney Newman, licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, and California has significant federal court and class action experience and he will be the man who will assist ATC in locating entities that are infringing on its patent, serving appropriate cease and desist notices, and initiating litigation if a fair royalty agreement cannot be negotiated.
The company is an entity formed for the purpose of establishing digital transcription technologies owned by a consortium of enterprises.
ATC says that its technology is being infringed upon by several entities and that it is entitled to residual royalties from products that utilize an off-site system to convert voice to data and relay it back to the person sending the voice file.
Many companies are using ATC's technology, with slight modifications and improvements, albeit without paying royalties including Google, Apple (News - Alert) (Siri), Samsung, and Vlingo Inc. Accredited Transcription has prototype technology implementing its transcription invention.
The technology is being used by companies of all sizes ranging from fast food restaurants for their drive through windows to medical and legal transcription services.
The technologies appear to have infringed on the patent since the users speak into their device, the voice is transmitted to a central data processing facility via electronic transmissions, the sounds are converted to text, and the data is returned to the device.
ATC believes that these procedures violate its patent and that those who misuse its technology must either license it, pay royalties, or cease infringement.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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