Why Is A Chinese AI Company Suing Apple For $1.4 Billion?
A Chinese Artificial Intelligence company, Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology, also known as Xiao-i has sued Apple for $1.4 billion. The company alleges that Apple’s voice assistant Siri infringes on a patent granted to Xiao-i in 2009. Watch this video to find out more
Chinese artificial intelligence developers file $ 1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple
China’s Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co Ltd, an artificial intelligence developer, also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging infringement of its patent rights.
The company seeks 10 billion yuan ($ 1.4 billion) in damages and demands that Apple stop «production, use, promise to sell and import» products that infringe patent rights.
In a lawsuit filed in a local Chinese court, Xiao-i claims Apple’s voice recognition technology, Siri, infringes a patent that she applied for in 2004 and which was granted to her in 2009.
Apple said in a statement that its Siri does not contain features included in the Xiao-i patent, which the iPhone maker claims is about gaming and instant messaging. The company also said that independent appraisers certified by the Supreme People’s Court have concluded that Apple is not violating Xiao-i Robot technology..
«We are disappointed that Xiao-i Robot has filed another lawsuit, Apple said in a statement. – We look forward to presenting the facts in court and will continue to focus on providing our customers with the best products and services in the world».
The lawsuit marks the continuation of a scandal that has been going on for almost ten years.
Shanghai Zhizhen first sues Apple for patent infringement in 2012 over voice recognition technology.
In July, the Supreme People’s Court of China ruled that the patent was valid.