Apple Sues Chinese IP Office Over Siri Patent Dispute
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is suing China’s State Intellectual Property Office — the government agency responsible for patent rights protection — over rights to a software related to Siri, reports the country’s official Xinhua news agency via the Economic Times. The Cupertino, California-based company has also named Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology, a China-based tech company, in its lawsuit. Per Xinhua via the Economic Times, Apple’s case against the State Intellectual Property Office and Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology will be heard in the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court on Thursday.
According to Xinhua, Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology filed its own lawsuit against Apple in 2012, alleging that the voice-recognition software used by Siri infringed on its patented “Xiao i Robot” software. Apple previously asked the State Intellectual Property Office to declare the company’s patent invalid, but its request was refused. According to Xinhua, the case against Apple was heard by a Shanghai court in July. The court announced that it would continue the case at a future date without specifying a time. Apple’s recently filed lawsuit appears to be the iPhone maker’s attempt to end Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology’s ongoing litigation.
Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology claimed that Siri violates its patented technology that covers “a type of instant messaging chat robot system,” reports Xinhua. The Chinese company noted that its system can intelligently respond to users’ queries by using a series of artificial intelligence servers and databases, reports Xinhua. Apple’s Siri intelligently responds to users’ natural language queries in a similar way, according to Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology’s complaint.