Everyone is familiar with iPhone’s Siri, the little helper activated by the user’s voice. But back in 2012 Shanghai-based company Zhizhen Network Technology filed a lawsuit against Apple alleging Siri infringed upon its voice recognition technology. Now, Chinese courts have ruled the lawsuit is valid, meaning Apple will have to face them in a legal battle.
Apple has argued Zhizhen’s patent was invalid, meaning that Siri had not been an infringement at all. Zhizhen had the Patent Re-examination Board take a look at the patent, and the board ruled in its favor. But Apple is still not convinced and will appeal the Beijing Intermediate Court’s decision based on a lack of technical features, among other reasons.
“Apple created Siri to provide customers with their own personal assistant by using their voice. Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen’s patent before we introduced Siri and we do not believe we are using this patent,” Apple said in an emailed statement. “While a separate court considers this question, we remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen.”
*Source: The Register