Apple lands in Chinese court to battle Siri patent suit

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Apple lands in Chinese court to battle Siri patent suit

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Apple is now squaring off against another legal adversary in China.

The iPhone maker appeared today at a Shanghai court hearing for a case in which it’s accused of copying the voice-recognition software used for Siri, AFP reported.

Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology has charged Apple with patent infringement, claiming that it holds the rights to the software in question.

Zhizhen says it patented its “Xiao i Robot” software, which is a “type of instant messaging chat bot system,” back in 2004. Siri was developed in 2007. Apple bought the technology in 2010 and unveiled it with the iPhone 4S in 2011.

Both products respond to users via voice recognition, although Zhizhen’s software works with both iOS and Android. Used for telecommunications, finance, and e-commerce, the Xiao i Robot software counts more than 100 million users in China, Zhizhen said in a statement to AFP.

“The company will ask Apple to stop manufacturing and selling products using its patent rights, once Apple ‘s infringement is confirmed,” Si Weijiang, a lawyer representing Zhizhen, told AFP. “We don’t exclude the possibility of demanding compensation in the future.”

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Apple lands in Chinese court to battle Siri patent suit

Apple lands in Chinese court to battle Siri patent suit

Apple lands in Chinese court to battle Siri patent suit

Apple lands in Chinese court to battle Siri patent suit

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