Apple is filing a claim against both a Chinese government company and a Shanghai modern technology business over patents including the business’s Siri voice assistant, claimed Xinhua, the main state press agency of the People’s Republic of China (Via AFP).

Apple introduced the situation versus the State Copyright Office, which is in cost of patent civil liberties protection in China, and Shanghai’s Zhizhen Network Modern technology, which developed software program similar to Siri, the report shared.

This lawsuit involves a voice recognition patent had by Zhizhen that covers its Xiaoi chat robotic device. Xiaoi started in 2003 as a chat bot for MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and various other similar chat networks. It has expanded to other systems consisting of iOS and Android, where it births a striking resemblance to Siri.


Zhizhen was awarded patent civil liberties for the underlying Xiaoi modern technology in 2006 and made use of these rights in 2012 to sue Apple for patent infraction. The case was heard in July 2013, yet a choice from the Shanghai court was never announced. Apple fell short to block Zhizhen’s breach case when a demand to invalidate the firm’s voice acknowledgment patent was denied by the State Copyright Office

The very first hearing in this newest situation will be held later today.

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