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China court hears claim Apple’s ‘Siri’ is a copycat

Posted on July 3, 2013
The "Siri" digital personal assistant is displayed on an Apple iPhone 4S in Taipei on July 30, 2012. A case against Apple brought by a Chinese firm for alleged patent infringement in its digital personal assistant "Siri" has begun in a Shanghai court, state media said Wednesday.

The “Siri” digital personal assistant is displayed on an Apple iPhone 4S in Taipei on July 30, 2012. A case against Apple brought by a Chinese firm for alleged patent infringement in its digital personal assistant “Siri” has begun in a Shanghai court, state media said Wednesday.

A case against US technology giant Apple brought by a Chinese firm for alleged patent infringement in its digital personal assistant “Siri” has begun in a Shanghai court, state media said Wednesday.

Lawyers representing Apple and Zhizhen Network Technology Co. on Tuesday argued over the technical specifications of Siri and the Chinese company’s “Xiao i Robot” product, reports said.

Trademark and patent infringement are rife in China but the legal challenge to Apple comes after it paid Chinese computer maker Shenzhen Proview Technology $60 million last year to settle a long-running dispute over the “iPad” name, whose ownership was claimed by both companies.

Zhizhen is demanding Apple stop making and selling products in China which carry Siri, an “intelligent” personal assistant which responds to a user’s commands through voice recognition software.

The firm claims it filed a patent for the “Xiao i Robot” software in 2004, which was approved two years later.

Apple’s Siri, which made its debut with the release of the iPhone 4S in 2011, was first developed in 2007.

In Tuesday’s court session, Apple’s lawyers argued that the two function in a similar way but use different technology.

Read more at: Phys.org

 

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