Date
19 October 2017
Apple says it will appeal against a Beijing court's rejection of its claim against the State Intellectual Property Office and Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology. Photo: Bloomberg
Apple says it will appeal against a Beijing court's rejection of its claim against the State Intellectual Property Office and Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple loses voice recognition patent lawsuit

Apple Inc. will appeal against a Beijing court’s decision to reject the US company’s patent infringement claim against a Chinese agency and a Shanghai tech firm over voice recognition software, Xinhua reported Wednesday.

Apple had sued the State Intellectual Property Office’s Patent Review Committee and Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. Ltd in February, accusing the latter infringing the copyright on its voice recognition software, Siri, the report said.

The Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court rejected the claim Tuesday. 

Zhizhen is the developer of Xiao i Robot, voice recognition technology that started out in 2003 as a chat bot for MSN, Yahoo Messenger and other similar networks, the report said. It expanded to IOS and Android where it bears a striking similarity to Siri.

Siri was first developed in 2007 by Siri Inc., a start-up company bought by Apple in 2010, and appeared first on the iPhone in 2011.

Zhizhen accused Apple in June 2012 of intellectual property rights infringement, claiming its patent was granted in 2006. A Shanghai court began hearing the case in 2012 but no verdict was handed down, Xinhua said.

Apple later applied to the Patent Review Committee to invalidate the Xiao i Robot patent. When the committee supported Xiao i Robot, Apple sued the committee and the Shanghai company, the report said.

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