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Reuters reports that a Chinese court has rejected Apple’s attempt to dismiss a claim by local company Zhizhen Internet Technology that Siri infringed its speech-recognition patent.

Zhizhen Internet Technology first alleged in 2012 that Apple’s Siri technology copied parts of its Xiao i Robot software, with pre-trial proceedings taking place last year. Apple said that it had not been aware of the patent when work began on Siri, and asked China’s State Intellectual Property Office to declare the patent invalid.

The Chinese patent office declined Apple’s request, leading Apple to file suit against it. It is this suit that has been rejected, leaving Zhizhen free to pursue its case against Apple.

Apple has said it intends to appeal to the Beijing Higher People’s Court, but suggested that a settlement might be reached by adding that “we remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen.”

The backend for Siri was originally developed by Nuance, the company behind Dragon Dictate, though there have been persistent rumors that Apple plans to replace this with its own technology.

Image credit: forbes.com

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2 Responses to “Court rejects Apple’s attempt to dismiss claim that Siri infringes Chinese patent”

  1. equalizerthe says:

    Meanwhile, Xiaomi and other clowns in China are ripping off Apple unimaginably! Apple should switch Siri engines by iOS 8.1 and tell this little troll to piss off. They already have everything in place with all the voice recognition hires.

  2. thejuanald says:

    That’s not to say it hasn’t gotten better over time. It has, but it still has a ways to go.