Apple Inc (AAPL) Loses Siri Patent Case in China


According to media reports, Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has lost a patent-infringement case in China over Siri. The patent was filed by Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology against Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Siri technology in which Zhizhen touted that Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) Siri technology is infringing the speech recognition parent owned by it. Fox Business’ Lauren Simonetti reported about this development and said that this clearly is a setback for Apple and the tech giant is likely to go to higher courts with an appeal against the decision.
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This ruling was made by Beijing’s first court, which as perusing this case since 2012, when Zhizhen sued Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) over Siri technology. Siri is Apple’s virtual assistant technology which facilitates the users by guiding them and following their commands by processing their voice. The Chinese company sued Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) based on the a patent and claimed that methodology behind the interception and processing of speech in Siri is infringing the patent by them.

Simonetti also said that this ruling can create more problems for Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) because this decision has paved the way for the Chinese company to move forward with the Intellectual property infringement case which can cause serious issues in the long term.

Beijing-based Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) spokesperson said that Apple was not aware of this patent by Zhizhen and company believes that it is not violating any patent. Spokesperson said that Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is open for discussions with Zhizhen on these issues. Zhizhen however refused to comment on this ruling when contacted by a news agency.

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