VOICE OF THE VOICELESS - Google was hit with an antitrust lawsuit Wednesday in District of Columbia District Court centered on the market for voice assistant a/k/a “wakeword” technology. The lawsuit was filed by Global IP Law Group on behalf of Sensory Inc., which accuses Google of preventing its voice-recognition technology from running on Android mobile phones in order to stifle competition. Counsel have not yet appeared for the defendant. The case is 1:22-cv-00937, Sensory, Inc. v. Google LLC. Stay up on the latest deals and litigation with the new Law.com Radar.
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