Chinese AI company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

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Chinese artificial intelligence firm Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology, also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging it has infringed on its patents.

The business is calling for 10 billion yuan (approximately $1.4 billion) in damages and needs that Apple cease “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” goods which infringe on the patent,” it stated in a social networking post.

In the lawsuit filed at a Chinese court, Xiao-i contended that Apple’s voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent it used for in 2004 and has been granted in 2009 that.

In a statement, Apple said that its Siri does not include features included in the Xiao-i patent, which the iPhone maker claims relates to games and instant messaging. The business also stated that appraisers licensed by the Supreme People’s Court have concluded that Apple does not infringe Xiao-i Robot’s technology.

“We look forward to presenting the facts to the court and we will continue to focus on delivering the best products and services in the world to our customers.”

Reuters was not immediately available to discover a copy of the court filing.

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The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that’s been ongoing for nearly a decade.

Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its technology. In July, China’s Supreme People’s court ruled that the patent was valid.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Josh Horwitz in Shanghai and Stephen Nellis in San Francisco. Editing by Louise Heavens and Lisa Shumaker.

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