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Chinese company claims Apple infringed on its patent with Siri

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Chinese company claims Apple infringed on its patent with Siri
Back in July, we told you about Zhizhen Technology Co. and its popular Xiao i Robot voice activated software which is widely used in the country by smartphones and other devices. Last year, Zhizhen filed in China to sue Apple, claiming that the latter's Siri voice activated personal assistant infringes on its patents for voice recognition software. Both companies were summoned to Shanghai Court on Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing.

Zhizhen Technology's Xiao i Robot was patented back in 2004, three full years before Siri Inc. was started. Apple purchased Siri Inc. in 2010 and added the voice activated personal assistant to the Apple iPhone 4S. The Chinese firm's voice recognition system is said to work in the same manner as Siri and can be used by both iOS and Android devices. This is a bad time for Apple to be a defendant in a Chinese courtroom. Apple has been getting poor publicity in the country lately, with some Chinese consumers saying that Apple is discriminating against them with shorter warranty periods, and by selling them refurbished devices in place of new ones. Last year, Apple had to pay Chinese company Proview for the use of the iPad name in the country. Apple had thought that it had purchased the rights to the name in mainland China but discovered that the Proview division that the deal was made with only had the rights to the name in Taiwan.

Feeling confident about its case, Zhizhen says that once the court rules that Apple has infringed on its patent, it was ask the Cupertino based tech giant to "stop manufacturing and selling products using its patent rights." The Chinese firm added that it might seek compensation from Apple for any damages done to its financials by Siri. Apple has asked for the case to be dropped, a request that was denied. A trial is set to begin this July.

source: HurriyetDailyNews via TechCrunch

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posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:25 34

2. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


FINALLY! FINALLY! A chinese company finally sue Apple, I'm waiting for Huawei and ZTE to sue Apple too. Apple deserves it!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:08 5

16. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4019; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


It's not Apples fault they make execellent products people want to buy.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:26 20

18. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Dude, just deal with it. Apple is greedy and evil.

END OF THE STORY!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:56 5

20. jacko1977 (Posts: 397; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


and dont forget a thief of other people ideas and innovations

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 23:24 3

42. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I Agree! :)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:30 7

26. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


One word --- THIEF.
It's shameful to be caught everyday ... only if there's any SHAME left ...

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 20:36 3

39. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


They don't have no self respect!

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 17:41 5

33. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Everyone hates apple (yes...even you), and it's apples fault.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 20:37 4

40. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


With cheap shattering glass which cost them 2$ and charge 50$ to replace! What a rip off

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:53 1

47. tedkord (Posts: 5110; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But it is Apples fault that they use the legal system in an attempt to preclude others from making better products more people want to buy.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:28 5

3. NoamEvro (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Mar 2013)


Someone woke up.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:30 5

4. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Good luck with that. The SIRI technology predates the 2004 claim of this company (CALO was 2003) and it seems rather more likely that they stole the tech from SRI International or DARPA.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:58 1

48. tedkord (Posts: 5110; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sort of like how slide to unlock and multitouch predated the iPhone (along with a rounded rectangle phone dominated by a capacitive screen *cough* Prada *cough*)?

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:35 3

5. Taters (Posts: 3517; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Sweet, it looks like Apple is getting their just deserts. I am hoping it is Samsung finding these companies and paying them to sue Apple.Those hypocrites deserve it.

Now if only we can find someone willing to attack Nokia.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:42 1

6. MartyK (Posts: 725; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


We can if the US judges get out of Google war, I'm telling you guys Motorola have a lot of patents in the mobile sector, they and AT&T were the first two to bring about hand held devices.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:27 2

13. cezarepc (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Moto and Nokia combo can knock almost every phone manufacturer out if they want to.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 17:56 1

34. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Grow up. "Attack Nokia"? Why? For defending their IP, of which they have more than anybody in the smartphone game? You act like this is a fight between human beings with emotions like greed, envy, hatred, and love, when it is all about giant corporations that are doing one thing: Chasing the almighty dollar. There is no more nobility in the actions of Google or Samsung than there is in the actions of Apple and Nokia. There is only pursuit of money. At least with Apple, Nokia, HTC, and Samsung, you are the customer. With Google, you aren't the customer, you are the product.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 19:11 2

36. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


"With Google, you aren't the customer, you are the product."

Lovely statement. Yes we are a product which they tend to use (and make billions) till we run out of all energy .. @our battery dies :)

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 01:44 1

43. lumia920 (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


attack nokia??????????

any company attacking nokia should cound her teeth, because after attack her teeth may decrease....

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:42 6

7. Ahsan (Posts: 31; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


Long live Zhizhen Technology Co.

Hats off..

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:44 5

8. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Hail to the lord and let Apple deserve it. They shall feel the wraith of the gods. they are so done. 3 lawsuits so far and i gotta say i am not sad/mad in fact its a good thing.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:50 5

9. Bert1 (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


As much as I dislike Apple, I find it rather amuzing that of all the companies/countries in the world it had to be a Chinese company accusing someone of copying. Isn't China the biggest copier of pretty much all technology? Just sayin.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:17 6

12. Taters (Posts: 3517; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


China is a knock off capitol but that doesn't mean all Chinese companies copy. You yanks are hilarious, do you actually believe that you are the only innovative culture? lol

I can write an entire essay on this but I won't. In short, yes the economy in China is built so that knock off companies can make a good living and that is probably why there are so many companies in China that specialize in knocks off. Yes, my Culture is cheap with their money and the people like saving money by buying knock offs there, but that doesn't mean the bigger companies are just shameless pirates.

Let's put it this way, if night markets became the norm in North America and the knock off market exploded, that doesn't suddenly make Apple and Black Berry some cheap knock off company because their countries have a lot of knock off companies.

Stop putting a label on an entire country.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 15:40 1

29. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Nicely written.

posted on 28 Mar 2013, 03:46

44. tedkord (Posts: 5110; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I think the statement was on the irony of the Chinese government, which ignores patent law for its own companies, but enforces it for foreign interests.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 11:54 7

10. tedkord (Posts: 5110; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


If there's any justice, the Chinese jury will have a retarded foreman who holds a stolen, overly broad patent who will then explain to the rest of the jury his "understanding" of patent law.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:12 11

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5493; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I hope that this company will sue Apple and win! :)

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:47 3

14. alouden (Posts: 210; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


To Apple: you reap what you sow.....

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 12:48 4

15. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Yes! Frankenstein created a monster, now it's turned on him. And apple figured they could sue the whole universe and get away with it. Keep up the good journalism PA. Show your commentators that this is in fact NOT iphonearena.com

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 13:59 1

22. Friendlysky (Posts: 54; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


Good Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk Apple. Now my prediction will accomplishing in May.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:01 1

23. jacko1977 (Posts: 397; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


Apple has asked for the case to be dropped

boo hoo

the bully getting punched back and doesnt like it

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 17:58 1

35. Hemlocke (unregistered)


Of course they have. You know what EVERY company on the face of this planet would do if they found themselves in a similar situation? The exact same thing.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 14:49 2

28. linkhatchet (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Well I hope they make Apple stop production of their devices using that technology. Sucks doesn't it Apple.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 16:43 2

31. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


i Robot? So that's where they got the 'iEverything' idea. iSorry you suck apple.

posted on 27 Mar 2013, 21:06

41. Alberto.GM (Posts: 10; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


All this patent war is only Apple's fault, all they did es stop development

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