Chinese Company Hits Apple with $1.4 Billion Lawsuit in Patent Fight

A Chinese AI company has quite recently hit Apple (an American multinational technology company headquartered in California that specializes in designing, developing, and selling computer software, consumer electronics, and online services) with a massive lawsuit alleging Patent Infringement. The company, known both as Xiao-i and Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology is suing Apple for $1.4 billion (10 billion Yuan) over Siri, which is Apple’s voice assistant technology. According to Xiao-i, Apple has infringed upon a patent that it had applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.

In its lawsuit filed, the company stated that it has been asking Apple to stop patent infringement on its smart assistant product called Siri, including but not limited to stopping the manufacturing, promising to sell, using, selling, and importing products.

On the other hand, Apple said that it is looking forward to protecting its software in court.

An Apple spokesperson said that the case between the companies has been going on for eight years now. He said that Siri has no features included in the Chinese company’s patent, which corresponds to instant messaging and games. He further mentioned that Independent appraisers, certified by the Supreme People’s Court, have also concluded that Apple has not infringed upon Xiao-i’s patented technology. Apple is extremely disappointed with Xiao-i filing another lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed isn’t the first fight between the two companies over this particular patent. It was in 2012 when Xiao-i had first filed its complaint; however, Apple had then filed a request to have the patent invalidated. The discussion concerning whether the patent is valid or not has continued for eight years, but the Supreme People’s Court of China ruled in favor of Xiao-i last month by reversing a previous decision held by the Beijing High Court.

Xiao-i is now making the most out of this latest decision to get its original patent infringement claim renewed. The company, specializing in Natural Language Processing (NLP), said that it filed the formal lawsuit with Shanghai High People’s Court.

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