It seems Apple is again finding itself under a law-suit as the Chinese Artificial Intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology company which is also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Cupertino tech giant Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents.
According to the report, the Jiading-based company charges $1.43 billion (10 billion yuan) for damages and demands that Apple ceases “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” products that infringe on the patent. Yuan Hui, the company’s founder and CEO, says Apple should pay for profits gained from the products utilizing Xiao-I Robot’s patent.
Xiao-i claimed that Apple’s voice-recognition technology, Siri infringes on a patent that it had petitioned for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.
What was the Xiao-i’s patent for?
Xiao-i’s system lets robots communicate with people and complete tasks after hearing commands, such as playing games or finding information.
In 2011, Apple used Siri (Speech Interpretation & Recognition Interface) in its iPhone 4s for the first time, and many of its products, such as the iTouch 4 and iPad 3, which offers the identical facility. Siri is also for man-machine interaction with similar functions, including chatting and searching for information.
Apple’s take on Lawsuit
As per the statement released by Apple, Siri does not contain features included in the Xiao-i patent, which the iPhone maker argues relates to games and instant messaging.
Apple also illuminates that independent appraisers certified by the Supreme People’s Court have concluded that Apple does not infringe Xiao-i Robot’s technology.
“We are disappointed Xiao-i Robot has filed another lawsuit,” Apple said in a statement. “We look forward to present the details to the court, and we will continue to concentrate on delivering the best products and services in the world to our customers.”
The Lawsuit marks the continuation of a conflict that has been continuing for almost a decade.
- The “Little i Robot” patent appeal was filed in 2004 and was given by SIPO (CNIPA’s predecessor) in 2009.
- Xiao-i filed a lawsuit against Apple Siri for patent infringement in June 2012.
- Apple filed an invalidation appeal to the Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) of the SIPO against the patent in November 2012.
- The PRB made a validity decision in favor of the Xiao-i’s patent in September 2013.
- Apple filed a lawsuit in the Beijing First Intermediate Court against the validity decision of the PRB.
- The Beijing First Intermediate Court declared results in favor of the PRB.
- Apple filed an appeal to the Beijing High Court against the validity decision of the Beijing First Intermediate Court in July 2014.
- The Beijing High Court ruled against Beijing First Intermediate Court invalidating the patent in April 2015.
- Xiao-i filed an appeal against the invalidity decision of the Beijing High Court to the Supreme People’s Court in May 2015.
- The Supreme People’s Court decided to accept this appeal in December 2016.
- On June 29, the Supreme People’s Court of China made a final decision in favor of the “Little i Robot” patent. The Supreme People’s Court reversed the invalidity decision of the Beijing High Court and maintained the validity decision of the Beijing First Intermediate Court.
- On July 2, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued a notice of the invalidation proceedings’ conclusion. The CNIPA declared that the administrative litigation lasting for many years on this patent was closed and concluded that the patent remains valid.