Apple loses speech recognition patent case

Apple loses speech recognition patent case
Not so long ago, Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology claimed that it holds patent rights to a speech recognition tech, that seem to have been infringed on by none other but Apple's own Siri. Apple replied in kind, taking Zhizhen and China's State Intellectual Property Office to the Beijing First Intermediate Court, in hopes to receive a ruling that these claims are invalid.

To the Cupertinians' dismay, the court ruled against them this Tuesday, which allows Zhizhen to proceed with it's own rights infingement case against Siri's creators.

Apple claims it's been unaware of Zhizhen's patent at the time it was introducing the famous voice assistant and further argues that they are not using it at all. Their Beijing-based spokeswoman stated that they "remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen". Meanwhile, Apple intends to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Zhizhen keeps mum on the matter.

source: Reuters

FEATURED VIDEO

32 Comments

1. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I guess Apple don't own everything.....

27. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

"Apple claims it's been unaware of Zhizhen's patent at the time it was introducing the famous voice assistant and further argues that they are not using it at all".... we were also unaware that slide to unlock was a patent and we also didnt knew it that samsung infringe any of the patent and we further argues that samsung is not using it at all.... apple has given a nice justification to patents infrigement, now they should use the same logic for samsung or any other who they dragged to the court and should drop all the accusations

31. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Apple in big trouble. Especially if it's in China. We all know government controls everything in china. Good luck apple

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Zhizhen will iSue the Zhitzhen out of Apple ....... lol

3. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

I really hope apple learn from this...

4. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

What kind of argument IS that ? Just because they know that it existed gives them a right to infringe it ? They should at least be comfortable reimbursing or striking a royalty deal in that case. Ignorance is bliss

5. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ignorance is bliss. In some countries, willful infringement is subject to additional damages for giving the middle-fingered wave to a patent owner. Sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

22. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Fortunately for apple, China law will not grand additional damages for ignorance, and China doesn't have a astronomical lawsuit too.

6. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Well the iDidntknow argument seems like a good one now for any of Apple's competitors to use in future patent lawsuits. Although fanboys will outrage because apple did it first...

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Uh oh... What I wanna know is....does this affect Google Now and Cortana? If not...bad Apple...bad Apple....

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

apple IS BAD

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Good news! :)

9. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Lol you're funny

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

No, I agree....if it helps make Apple sit down and compete in the stores and not the court rooms. All that time, money spent, wasted on the Samsung lawsuits.....yet they still are going to Samsung for component parts. Its silly IMO. Whatever they get from Samsung....will be given right back by component part purchases, chip design help, etc. And I think very few even knew there were any lawsuits at all. It didnt effect celebrity endorsements, uses, etc. I guess since they arent in the spotlight with Macs anymore...they feel they need to do something to keep their name in the papers. They should just be happy they have a solid spot in the mobile wars and be happy with that.

19. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

And does this hurt or help your pockets in any way? I'm pretty sure it does not lol

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Sure it does!

24. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

No...not yet. Will it effect iPhone users? No....no yet. I pray that day never comes for Apple and Samsung fans. I am not a fan of either phones....but I do like some things each company does.

10. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Apple jacks.

12. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Looks Apple will be forced to innovate… or just buy the patent.

13. ngyixian96

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 05, 2012

Apple lose = mankind lose

23. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Apple lose = restore my faith in mankind...

14. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

OMG!!!

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Pay up apple, if you're indeed guilty. Case closed.

18. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Apple should have learn something the last time they are forced to pay 60 millons for iPad trademark. After all, you are the one that show the world how to make big bucks from "innovative" patents. Probably worth no less than one billion US dollars! Sound about right.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30969; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All I know bro, is if they infringed, they gotta pay up. They make a killer product, but should be subjected to the same rules and regs

16. aditya.g0110

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Faith in humanity restored

20. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

We are not aware such a patent existed? We don't use it anyway!!! APPLE!!!

28. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Suits you right Apple.

29. flamencoguy

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 04, 2012

Agree with most people here. What goes around come around. Pay up and shut up Apple. You have a bad attitude and bad karma.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.