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Apple suffered a US$1.4B Siri patent lawsuit from a Chinese company

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The lawsuit alleges patent infringement, which may affect whether Apple can sell its products in China. On Monday, a Chinese AI company filed a large-scale lawsuit against Apple in a so-called patent infringement case.

The company, known as Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd. and Xiao_i, is suing Apple for its voice assistant technology Siri, demanding compensation of RMB 10 billion (approximately US$1.43 billion). And was awarded in 2009.

In a social media post first reported by Reuters, the company stated that it requires Apple to “stop patent infringement on its smart assistant product Siri, including but not limited to stopping production, use promises to sell, sell and import products.”

Apple Siri

Apple said it looks forward to defending its software in court.

An Apple spokesperson said: “This case has been going on for eight years.” “Siri does not include the functions related to games and instant messaging in its patents. We are disappointed that Xiao_i Robot has filed a lawsuit again. Independent evaluation certified by the Supreme People’s Court The division also concluded that Apple did not infringe on the patent rights of Xiao_i Robot. Technology.”

This lawsuit is not the first conflict between the two companies over this particular patent. Xiao-i initially filed an appeal in 2012, but Apple filed a request to invalidate the patent.

Discussions on whether the patent is valid to have been going on for eight years, but last month, the Supreme People’s Court of China ruled that Xiao Ai won the case and overturned the previous ruling of the Beijing High Court.

Xiao-i uses the latest decision as a basis to renew his original patent infringement claims. The company specializes in natural language processing and said it has filed a formal lawsuit with the Shanghai Higher People’s Court.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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