Apple Siri Voice Recognition IP Patent Case Will Be Heard Loud And Clear In China Courts
Zhizhen Network Technology is attempting to block Apple from selling products in China with Siri installed, alleging that by doing so, it's infringing on a patent that it owns. With the verdict ruling the patent as valid, Apple's fight will continue with an appeal to the Beijing Higher People's Court. Per an Apple's spokesperson:
"Apple believes deeply in protecting innovation, and we take intellectual property rights very seriously. Apple created Siri to provide customers with their own personal assistant by using their voice. Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen's patent before we introduced Siri, and we do not believe we are using this patent. While a separate court considers this question, we remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen."
Whether it's settled in or out of court, the result will no doubt make waves. Apple cannot ignore a nation as large as China, and deactivating Siri there would most certainly hobble its product line.