Xiao-i, a Chinese company files a $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple for copying its tech in Siri

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China-based Xiao-i sues Apple for $1.4 Billion in a Chinese court, says Apple stole its patented voice-recognition technology and implemented it in Siri

Normally its Chinese companies that are accused of copying ideas, cloning products, and infringing patents but this time it is different. A China-based artificial intelligence company is suing iPhone maker, Apple for patent infringement.

Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co. Ltd. aka  Xiao-i, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Cupertino-based Apple Inc. Xiao-i has demanded 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion)in damages and wants the Chinese court to order Apple to cease and desist from “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” products that infringe its patent.

Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. said in a statement on Monday it was suing Apple for an estimated 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion) in damages in a Shanghai court, alleging the iPhone and iPad maker’s products violated a patent the Chinese company owns for a virtual assistant whose technical architecture is similar to ‌Siri‌. ‌Siri‌, a voice-activated function in Apple’s smartphones and laptops, allows users to dictate text messages or set alarms on their devices.

Xiao-i in social media post

The lawsuit filed by Xiao-i says that Apple copied its voice-recognition technology and implemented it in it’s Siri personal assistant. The lawsuit states that Xiao-i had applied for the patent for this particular voice-recognition technology in 2004 and the same was granted in 2009.

This is not the first time, Xiao-i has sued Apple. It had earlier sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012. At that time, Xiao-i said that Apple infringed its voice recognition technology patent. Reports indicate that China’s Supreme People’s Court had ruled that Xiao-i is indeed the holder of the patent but is unclear whether the court fined Apple at that time.  Xiao-i’s claim is that ‌Siri‌ copies tech from its Xiao-i chat robot system that it had developed in 2003.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment. We could not find Xiao-i lawsuit documents on any public domain.

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