On September 3, Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd. (“Xiaoi Robot”), filed an injunction with the Shanghai High People’s Court, demanding that Apple Computer Trading Shanghai Co., Ltd. (“Apple”) cease “manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing” products that infringe on its patent ZL200410053749.9.
Xiaoi Robot argued that Siri infringed on the patent, for "a type of instant messaging chat bot system" that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009. Siri is a virtual assistant that is part of Apple Inc.'s iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS operating systems. Siri was acquired by Apple Inc. in 2010 and then integrated into iPhone 4S at its release in October 2011.
The injunction was a new episode in the battle between the Chinese AI forerunner and the global tech giant.
In August 2020, Xiaoi Robot filed a lawsuit against Apple with the Shanghai High People's Court, calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.4 billion) in damages for patent infringement. Two authentications conducted asserted Xiaoi Robot’s claim that Siri contains features included in Xiaoi Robot’s patent.
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