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Zhizhen Accuses Apple’s Siri Voice Engine of Infringing on Patent

by Todd Haselton | July 5, 2012July 5, 2012 4:30 pm PST

Siri on the iPad

Chinese firm Zhizhen Network Technology recently filed a lawsuit against Apple that accuses the firm of infringing on its patented technology. Zhizhen believes, specifically, that Siri is infringing on the company’s 2004 patent related to “a type of instant messaging chat bot system,” Marbridge Consulting said Thursday. Unlike patent trolls that typically own intellectual property but don’t have an existing and competing product, Zhizhen actually has a product called “Xiaoi Bot.”

The Chinese firm allegedly sent Apple a notice in May asking to “resolve the patent dispute through mediation,” Marbridge Consulting said, but the company has reportedly not heard back from Apple. A court in Shanghai will handle the case and Zhizhen is reportedly looking for more than the $60 million Apple paid Proview to settle a suit over the iPad trademark.

[via Forbes, Marbridge Consulting]

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...