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Chinese Xiao-i demands $ 1.4 billion from Apple for patent infringement


Chinese Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co., which owns a patent for a voice assistant in China, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc., demanding damages from the American company in the amount of 10 billion yuan ($ 1.43 billion) in connection with patent infringement.

Marc Cluet via flickr
Marc Cluet via flickr
The voice assistant, which is patented by Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology, also known as Xiao-i, has a technical architecture similar to Apple's Siri. In June of this year, the Chinese Supreme Court ruled that the patent belonged to Xiao-i, thus ending the proceedings that have dragged on since 2012.

Xiao-i said on Monday that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple in a Shanghai court. Siri is used in Apple's iPhones and iPads, which Xiao-i believes violates her patent rights.

The Chinese company is asking Apple to stop selling, manufacturing and using products that use technology that infringes its patent. If Xiao-i wins in court, Apple could face a ban on the sale of many of its products in the PRC, writes The Wall Street Journal.

China is Apple's second largest market in terms of sales, second only to the United States.

source: wsj.com