A new patent infringement case against Apple officially began yesterday in Shanghai, China. A company by the name of Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co., is a developer of a voice technology called Xiao i Robot. The company alleges that Apple's Siri software found on the iPhone and iPad infringes on its patent.
Zhizhen says it filed for a patent with the State Intellectual Property Office in 2004, and received approval in 2006. The company wants Apple to stop using the Siri technology.
Apple is arguing that Zhizhen's patent claims are not clear and can't identify where Siri is infringing on this patent. Moreover, SIRI and Zhizhen companies have adopted different technical routes which do not constitute infringement.
In the afternoon trial, Zhizhen agents demonstrated little i robot and SIRI functions, to prove both implementations are similar. Apple's representative disagreed, they think Siri is a smart personal assistant, and Zhi Zhen's patent covers a chatting robot that mainly chats and play games; the two are completely different. The case continues.
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