“Apple is suing a Chinese government agency and a domestic company over patent rights for its “Siri” personal assistant, the official Xinhua news agency reports,” Agence France-Presse reports.
“Apple launched the case against the State Intellectual Property Office, which is in charge of patent rights protection in China, and Shanghai’s Zhizhen Network Technology, which developed software similar to Siri, the report said,” AFP reports. “The US company previously asked the State Intellectual Property Office to declare Zhizhen’s voice recognition patent invalid but the request was declined, prompting the legal action, Xinhua said. The Beijing Number one Intermediate People’s Court will hear the case on Thursday.”
“Last year, Zhizhen itself accused the California-based technology giant of copying its ‘Xiao i Robot’ software, which it patented in 2004, to develop Siri,” AFP reports. “The case was heard by a Shanghai court in July, state media have reported, but no ruling has been announced.”
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