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SHANGHAI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co Ltd, also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents.

The company is calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) in damages and demands that Apple cease “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post.

In the lawsuit filed in a local Chinese court, Xiao-i argued that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.

In a statement, Apple said that its Siri does not contain features included in the Xiao-i patent, which the iPhone maker argues relates to games and instant messaging. The company also said that independent appraisers certified by the Supreme People’s Court have concluded that Apple does not infringe Xiao-i Robot’s technology.

“We are disappointed Xiao-i Robot has filed another lawsuit,” Apple said in a statement. “We look forward to presenting the facts to the court and we will continue to focus on delivering the best products and services in the world to our customers.”

The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.

Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice-recognition technology. In July, China’s Supreme People’s court ruled that the patent was valid.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...4-billion-lawsuit-against-apple-idUSKBN24Z146
 

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omg, Apple stealing Chinese IPR!!
Just a new normal. We will increasingly be seeing Western companies stealing and copying Chinese inventions as they did hundreds of years ago, giving them Western names and calling them Western inventions.
 

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My Chinese professors taught me this about the going IP/copyright business in China: any western company that registers anything in the west, Chinese scam artists apply for rights for the exact same thing in China and the government also gives them the rights so that when western companies come to do business in China, they are forced to buy their own property from the Chinese who stole it.. And this is nothing new, but a standard Chinese practice that has been consistently carried out until now.
Trying to attack US companies over frivolous lawsuits seems to be a new innovation and perhaps more a gesture to support the 50 cent army.
 

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