Siri setback for Apple in China patent ruling

Siri setback for Apple in China patent ruling

Summary: Lower court in China rules against Apple and says a Chinese company has the patent over a similar intelligent assistant.

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A lower court in China reached a verdict on 8 July 2014 against Apple by upholding the country’s patenting authority’s decision which protects the intellectual rights of Chinese company Zhizhen Network Technology over Xiaoi, an intelligent personal assistant similar to Siri.

According to a Sina report published on Tuesday, the First Intermediate People’s Court of Beijing rejects Apple’s demands on the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office to revoke the patents of the Shanghai-based Xiaoi.com.

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Courtesy of http://weibo.com/u/3958585310

The dispute began when the Chinese company filed a lawsuit against Apple in June 2012 saying that that the American giant’s Siri, iOS’s intelligent personal assistant, infringed its patent rights on a similar product of their company. The outcome of the lawsuit could preclude Apple offering Siri in China.

In an effort to win the case, Apple asked the patenting authority of China to declare Xiaoi.com’s patents invalid in November 2012. However, after ten months the authority ruled otherwise, said the Sina report.

Xiaoi.com was granted the patents in 2009 and its founder and chief executive officer Yuan Hui argued back in 2012 that Apple’s Siri closely copied his product.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, China

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  • Why should they invalidate the patents?

    Just because Apple says so?

    The story is a bit sparse. On what grounds were Apple trying to get the patents invalidated?

    If the patents were granted in 2009, before Siri came to market - and given the amount of time patents usually take to clear, they could have been submitted before the iPhone 1 was even released... I don't see what grounds Apple have to declare them invalid.
    wright_is
    • You even need to ask that question?

      "Why should they invalidate the patents? Just because Apple says so?"

      Hey...they're A-P-P-L-E...what other reason do they need?

      Dead Steve would not take kindly to your attitude Mister.

      Either get in line with the rest of the Lemmings...or turn in all of your iThingys immediately.
      IT_Fella
      • Comments here

        Good to see that despite total ignorance of the situation, Apple haters still feel free to comment.
        varase
        • "...Apple haters still feel free to comment."

          Yep...that's me.

          As a matter of fact...I hate Apple so much that I own AND USE an iMac G3 & G4...a MacBook Pro...and FOUR iPods of various generations.

          Sorry Ace...I don't hate Apple...I simply hate the arrogant, two-faced people who have run, and are running, the company.

          Their products are great. Their management isn't. Just too bad Woz ever left.

          And if it will make you feel any better Sparky...Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page & Eric Schmidt aren't on the top of my Christmas card list either.

          As for Larry Ellison? Probably the biggest dirt-bag of them all.
          IT_Fella
          • Damn Right!

            Apple Products good. Apple management SUCX Penis
            PrincessMilissa
          • Me Too

            Same here, only I would add the condescending iHoles like the one above, who blindly defend Apple. Kind of like progressives with Obama. FORWARD!
            ubangeee
    • Don't understand your logic

      The story is a bit sparse, but I don't understand why you would wonder why they should invalidate the patents. The question is: what exactly are these patents that are being violated? If we knew what patents were actually being violated, then it could be obvious why Apple is asking to invalidate the patents.
      Maha888
  • Standard patent issue

    A patent has been granted and a claim is made that a company has infringed that patent.

    The choices are:
    a) Fight to show the patent is invalid
    b) Show the patent has not been infringed
    c) Negotiate and pay the royalty
    d) Change or remove the infringement
    e) Prepare for legal action from the patent owner, which may include fines, sales bans and other sanctions.

    Seems Apple are not trying to invalidate the patent but are saying that it does not apply to Siri. (They also claim ignorance, which may not help their case.)
    dcarmi