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07-06-2012, 03:52 AM #1
Chinese Firm Sues Apple for Allegedly Infringing Voice-Recognizing Assistant Patent
Chinese software firm, Zhizhen Network Technology, recently hit Apple with a patent infringement suit for allegedly violating its 2006 voice-recognizing patent with the integration of Siri-technology into the iPhone 4S.
According to a report from M.I.C. Gadget, the recently filed lawsuit infringes on the “ZL200410053749.9″ patent for “a type of instant messaging chat bot system” dubbed Xiaoi Bot. The software is said to be implemented in China by Microsoft’s MSN, Yahoo Messenger, and Shanghai Expo’s Dr. Haibao among others. While the patent for Xiaoi bot was originally filed for in 2004 with a subsequent approval in 2006, Zhizhen only recently revealed the Siri-like technology in February on the Android platform launched in Lenovo’s Android 4.0 Smart TV. In this particular case, the technology is being compared to Apple’s Siri release in the Chinese market in January with the addition of the system’s Chinese language support at WWDC last month.
For those of you who are interested, you can watch a video of the Xiaoi Bot software running on an Android handset with the app having an uncanny resemblance to Siri’s user interface:
The Shanghai based technology firm attempted to contact Apple for mediation in May but received no response. A Chinese court is now said to be holding pre-trial negotiations but no official statements have been released as of yet. The lawsuit adds to the growing number of Chinese court claims filed against Apple as a separate suit alleges Apple of violating a trademark for the Snow Leopard name as well as the recent $60 million settlement Apple paid out to Proview.
Source: M.I.C. Gadget
07-06-2012, 04:00 AM #2
Hahaha now that's funny. Guess ur finally getting caught for stealing others ideas huh apple? You can't just take someone's idea and claim its yours and try to get a patent on it before u get busted for theft lol.
07-06-2012, 04:04 AM #3
Well Apple bought Siri from another company. So technically it's not Apple stealing from others.
07-06-2012, 04:12 AM #4
I think it's hilarious they are being sued over a trademark for snow leopard. You shouldn't be able to trademark/copyright common words. Is someone going to sue whomever gave the first snow leopard its name?
You have enough money and everyone starts looking for a handout I guess.Hmm...
07-06-2012, 04:57 AM #5
07-06-2012, 05:46 AM #6
What goes around comes back around Apple .. i Love Apple product but i really hate their arrogance period
07-06-2012, 05:49 AM #7
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07-06-2012, 08:38 AM #9
please. do we need to back and look at eliza for a bot responding to chat prior art.
this is yet another attempt to milk apple in a frivolous lawsuit.
07-06-2012, 09:01 AM #10
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07-06-2012, 11:33 AM #13
If I am granted a patent for a colourless liquid required for life itself then fine. Regardless of whether I invented it or not, the important point is, wait for it.........I HOLD THE PATENT. That's the important point.
They should never have been granted the patent in the first place, but once they have, tough titty, they have a right to defend it. I think you'll find in life probably countless examples of things companies/individuals hold patents for that they didn't invent. Apple are no different, deal with it.
The system needs an overhaul, until then obey the law.
07-06-2012, 12:00 PM #14
07-06-2012, 12:46 PM #15
To all the commenters out there... YOU'RE NOT LAWYERS!
07-06-2012, 01:53 PM #16
07-06-2012, 02:14 PM #17
I do not blame apple for getting the patent I blame them for their abuse of the systems flaws. By the way I know the law better than u think lol.. Not everyone who is a tech geek is a nerd living with his parents. I'm a grown man with a career....
Btw I hope something happens to apple to make them rethink their being a bully strategy. You guys don't see it yet but apples main goal is to be the only phone maker left. They are monopolizing the industry with just 1 device. Yea if that's not playing the game dirty then u sir need help.
07-06-2012, 02:22 PM #18
07-06-2012, 03:14 PM #19
It looks like no one reads articles in full. So, let's find the most important part:
"...Zhizhen only recently revealed the Siri-like technology in February on the Android platform launched in Lenovo’s Android 4.0 Smart TV..."
Therefore i presume design (especially of the button) has been copied from apple, not the other way around. As to the functionality, siri as assistant was prior to this one. The claim is about that ___chinese support___ was added on Apple's siri later, than this company presented their clone of siri, but with the chinese support.
07-06-2012, 03:49 PM #20