Big news out of China today. A Beijing court has effectively laid down the law in a matter close at heart to Apple.

The court in question shot down Apple's argument brought against a Chinese company alleging that the firm in question violated intellectual property pertinent to Siri.

According to the WSJ, late last year Apple went after China’s Patent Review Committee and the Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology Co. Apple wanted the court to investigate Zhizhen’s patent related to a voice controlled technology.

But, alas, the Chinese Intermediate People’s Court upheld Zhizhen’s patent (which dates back to 2006).

Apple, the same report notes, plans to appeal. “Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen’s patent before we introduced Siri and we do not believe we are using this patent,” an Apple spokeswoman in China told the Wall Street Journal. “While a separate court considers this question, we remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen.”

Source: WSJ