Chinese AI Company, Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co Ltd, reportedly filed $1.4B Patent infringement on Apple Inc. regarding the technology that Apple Inc. uses in its virtual assistant Siri.
On Monday, the Chinese AI company, Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. alleged that Apple Inc., makers of iPhone and iPad, have violated a patent that the company owns for a virtual assistant whose technical architecture is the same as of Siri.
Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. has filed a 10-billion yuan ($1.43 billion) patent infringement lawsuit against Apple Inc. in a Shanghai court. Shanghai Zhizhen further demands Apple Inc. to stop manufacturing iPhones and iPads using this technology for its virtual assistant.
Siri – Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface, is a voice-controlled inbuilt feature in Apple’s smartphones and laptops, which makes the user interface easy. Siri helps in setting alarms timers, reminders, and calendar. This voice-activated feature can perform all the tasks without ever having to pick up the device.
What is a Patent infringement?
Patent infringement is the commission of a prohibited act concerning a patented invention without permission from the patent holder.
In 2004, Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. applied for the patent in court, and finally, in 2009 it was awarded the patent.
Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. is also called Xiao-i, previously filed a patent infringement in 2012 in China’s Supreme People’s court and at that time the judgment was in the favour of the company.
Xiao-i’s Patent infringement against Apple Inc. is the most recent one and its judgment is yet to be delivered.
How this action can harm Apple Inc.?
Siri is the most vital feature that Apple Inc. uses in its major selling products including iPhones and iPads. If the judgment turns in the favor of the Chinese company then this can put Apple in great trouble as the company may have to settle with Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co., and could even face the predicament of paying a royalty on sales.