Apple Sued for Siri Patent Infringement
A Chinese company claims Apple's Siri technology infringes on a patent for software providing a similar service.Its been a litigious week in the technology world, with Nokia telling Google and Asus to pay up for patents, Toshiba receiving an $87 million fine for price-fixing LCD panels and Yahoo and Facebook dropping patent litigation in favor of a new alliance. Now Apple is joining the roster of companies hit with patent suits following a lawsuit from a Chinese company claiming the maker of the iPhone and iPad tablet infringes on patents connected to Apples digital concierge, Siri. According to a report in China Daily, the Shanghai-based company, Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology, is suing Apple and asserting the company infringes on a voice technology patent owned by Zhizhen. The company sent Apple a legal notice in May but Mac lawyers did not respond, according to the report. Now, a Shanghai court will reportedly hear the case. "We have 100 million users in China, and many companies are using our product," chairman Yuan Hui told China Daily in an interview on Friday.
Zhizhens patented technology powers Xiao i Robot software, which allows users to ask questions and can respond to voice commands. Siri, which can also respond to spoken commands, was originally introduced as an iOS application available in the App Store by Siri, Inc., which was acquired by Apple in 2010. "Our only demand is that Apple stop infringing on our patent and cover the court costs," Yuan told China Daily.