One Chinese tech company is accusing Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) of patent copyright abuse over Siri. Zhizhen Network Technology Co. reports that Siri is a total copycat of their Xiao i Robot technology. They claim Apple infringed on their patent.
Xiao i Robot was first filed as a patent nine years ago. It was subsequently approved two years later. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) first developed the Siri application and launched it with the iPhone 4S back in 2011. Siri is the “intelligent” personal voice assistant that utilizes voice recognition software to respond to the user’s commands.
Zhizhen Demands Not Selling Apple Siri Products
Zhizhen demanded that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stop selling and creating products with Siri in China. The company’s lawyer Yuan Yang explained to AFP, “Our main goal at the current stage is to let the court validate our claim regarding the infringement. We are not ruling out the possibility of mediation or compensation, but they are to be considered in the future.”
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s lawyer explained to Global Times, “One can achieve the same results through various means. Apple has its own technology for Siri, which is totally different from the plaintiff’s.”
Last year, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) paid another Chinese company Shenzhen Proview Technology $60 million to settle a lawsuit over the iPad name.
No surprise here, Apple’s products are hugely popular in China. This means that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s products are a huge target for competitors who want to prevent the Cupertino-based company from selling their products. Apple is a strong company and again, it’s no surprise that they seem to be the company to beat. Apple’s history in lawsuits and litigations hasn’t had a negative impact on their sales.
Things should only get better for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) this year. The company is expected to debut their iPhone 5S and iPad 5 this year. Next year, Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 6 which will hopefully bring more excitement to the brand.