Chinese company claims Apple infringed on its patent with Siri

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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45 Comments

2. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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

18. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Dude, just deal with it. Apple is greedy and evil. END OF THE STORY!

20. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

and dont forget a thief of other people ideas and innovations

42. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I Agree! :)

26. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

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

39. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

They don't have no self respect!

40. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

47. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

3. NoamEvro

Posts: 10; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Someone woke up.

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.

48. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 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*)?

5. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

6. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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.

13. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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

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.

36. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 :)

43. lumia920

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

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

7. Ahsan

Posts: 40; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Long live Zhizhen Technology Co. Hats off..

8. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

9. Bert1

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

29. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Nicely written.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

14. alouden unregistered

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

22. Friendlysky

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 04, 2012

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

23. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Apple has asked for the case to be dropped boo hoo the bully getting punched back and doesnt like it

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.

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