A Chinese Company Xiao-I Has Filed A Lawsuit Against Apple For Patent Infringement For $1.4 Billion
Chinese technology company Xiao-i (Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co.) filed a claim in the people's court of the highest instance of the city of Shanghai for patent infringement by Apple. As reported on August 3, the newspaper "Xinjing Bao," a developer from China requires the American Corporation to pay compensation for 10 billion yuan (about $ 1.4 billion) and suspend the sale of products equipped with an electronic assistant Siri.
Xiao-i claims that Apple used technology similar in technical architecture to a chatbot developed by a Chinese company. In 2004, Xiao-i filed a patent application for the invention of its virtual assistant under the number ZL200410053749. 9, and it was approved in 2009, the publication said. In 2011, Apple first launched Siri on the iphone4s smartphone. Later, this technology was introduced in the entire product line of the American company: iPad tablets, iMac computers, MacBook laptops, and other gadgets.
In 2012, Xiao-i filed a lawsuit against Apple for patent infringement in the first people's court of the middle instance in Shanghai. During the consideration of this claim, the American Corporation applied to the state administration for intellectual property rights of the people's Republic of China with a request to recognize the Chinese patent as invalid. After eight years of litigation, the Supreme people's court of China recognized the patent for the invention of Xiao-i as valid, which allowed the Chinese company to resume the claim.
Founded in 1976 and headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple is one of the largest corporations in the world, with a market capitalization of more than $1.2 trillion in the spring of 2020.