Apple Sues Chinese Government Agency and Shanghai Company Over Siri-Related Patents

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    Apple is suing both a Chinese government agency and a Shanghai technology business over patents involving the company's Siri voice assistant, said Xinhua, the official state press agency of the People's Republic of China (via AFP).
    This lawsuit involves a voice recognition patent owned by Zhizhen that covers its Xiaoi chat robot system. Xiaoi began in 2003 as a chat bot for MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and other similar chat networks. It has expanded to other platforms including iOS and Android, where it bears a striking similarity to Siri.

    Zhizhen was awarded patent rights for the underlying Xiaoi technology in 2006 and used these rights in 2012 to sue Apple for patent infringement. The case was heard in July 2013, but a decision from the Shanghai court was never announced. Apple failed to block Zhizhen's infringement claim when a request to invalidate the company's voice recognition patent was denied by the State Intellectual Property Office

    The first hearing in this latest case will be held later this week.

    Article Link: Apple Sues Chinese Government Agency and Shanghai Company Over Siri-Related Patents
     
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    Good luck for Apple for suing Chinese government... As Chinese lived in China for more than 25 years, I know you could sue everyone in China but government and government affiliated.
     
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    Yeah good luck with that. Many others have tried and failed...
     
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    Suing the Chinese government? Uh, Apple better get Kenny Loggins on the phone. They're in the Danger Zone.:D
     
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    China? Patents? Sue the government? I had no idea those things actually goes together....
     
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    That should really help Apple's China Mobile sales... :rolleyes:
     
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    next thing you know Apple is gonna sue North Korea for their Kim OS. lolol
     
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    I can see it now, Tim floating around in the shark tank whilst the illustrious leader and king of stylish hair looks on with pride.
     
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    Ok so after asking for the map to be open. What did he ask for? What ever it was seems like Chinese Siri was reading it.
     
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    Did they misspell "State Intellectual Property Office"? More like "State Intellectual Theft Office".
     
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    What is Apple thinking? According to this article, Xiaoi started operating years before Siri was introduced, and Apple is still suing???!!! :eek:
     
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    All court documents presented by Apple will end up in the Shredding File cabinet.
    This is a dead end for sure, unless a miracle happens.
     
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    Who should sue?

    If I read the post correctly, the facts are:

    1. Xiaoi began in 2003 as a chat bot for MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and other similar chat networks
    2. Zhizhen was awarded patent rights for the underlying Xiaoi technology in 2006

    3. (from Wikipedia) Siri was originally introduced as an iOS application available in the App Store by Siri, Inc., which was acquired by Apple on April 28, 2010.[4] Siri, Inc.

    as an Apple fan, I got my first gen iPhone in 2007 and Siri was only introduced as beta in iPhone 4S (2011), so who should sue who?
     
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    Yeah, but when was Siri first patented by Dag Kittlaus of SRI International with technology from Nuance, all this well before Siri's introduction on the iPhone??

    Can't seem to Google that info, but I seem to remember (perhaps incorrectly) that the above was the way it went down.

    Either way, even if Apple was justified in suing the Chinese, I'd say "Good luck with that!"
     
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    Wanted to post but

    Wanted to post a Good luck with that message - but there were so many.. I did not - sort of!!!
     
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    Man, we all should have been Apple patent lawyers.

    Or maybe a weatherman on TV.

    Either way, we'd get paid whether our actions made sense or not!
     
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    Ah yis! this stuff is funny!
     
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    "Tried and failed?"
    "No, tried and died."

    Srry but that sentence above reminded me of the interchange in Dune.
     

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