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“Siri, how does it feel to be a winner?”

A Chinese appeals court has put an end to a three year patent battle over Apple’s Siri voice recognition found on its iOS line. AFP reports that Apple has won an appeal in China over the patents, overturning an earlier decision that put Apple in the guilty chair.

Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology sued Apple in 2012 for allegedly infringing on patents when the iPhone 4S was released in 2011, claiming its “Xiao i Robot” worked in a similar way. Apple attempted to have the patent invalidated, which was turned down.

“The move means Apple’s Siri voice recognition system did not infringe the protected rights of other patents and Apple fans can continue enjoying the conveniences brought by the technology,” the court said in a statement on Tuesday.

Siri allows users to use their voice and get answers to questions, make recommendations, and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of Web services.

This isn’t Apple’s first legal battle in China. In a high-profile case, Apple was ordered to pay $60 million to Proview over an iPad trademark.

Source: AFP News

  • hkgsulphate

    of course its not guilty
    They stole Apple’s idea yet sued Apple for stealing their idea
    only happens in China.

    • mp

      Really, China is the only place in the world with deceptive/lying capitalists that would do such a thing in this field or any other? And with a court system that alliows appeals that overturn decisions based on the full facts of a matter according to a law. You certainly come across as an expert on the subject wirh no hint of racism or bias. Keep it up with your insightful comments, this site could use your input.
      Barring that, you’ve proven you don’t have to have a long neck to be a goose.

      • hkgsulphate

        No one trusts the law system in China
        I live in China, is that enough?

      • mp

        Alot of people don’t trust the law system in any country. What you described happens everywhere, to say, ‘only happens in China’ is ludicrous.

      • hkgsulphate

        I live in Hong Kong and people here trust our law system
        something happens everywhere doesn’t justify that
        and I don’t think commenting my own race commits your so called ‘racist’ comment
        its just fact. China’s law system is a lot worse than the Western countries. simply take a look at Liu Xiaobo’s trial and other human rights activists in China as well
        basically its wrong to comment my own country, right.

  • What’s interesting is that Xiao I Robot’s patent as a “chatty robot assistant” was filed in 2004, a full 7 years before Siri was released on iPhone 4S.

    Looking at screenshots of the latest version of Xiao I, it looks just like iOS 6’s Siri with the microphone icon at the bottom and the conversation playing out in speech bubbles. If you compared that with iOS 6 Siri you’d definitely see the similarities there. But what’s important is that this current version of Xiao I is not the same as the version when originally patented.

    The original version of Xiao I was actually a bot you added on IM clients like QQ and chatted with. It didn’t have the features or UI like Siri at all. All of that seems to have suddenly emerged after Apple’s 2011 announcement of Siri.

    So although Xiao I’s patent was awarded long before Siri’s existence, that original product was nothing like Siri. It was only upgraded and changed to resemble Siri since Apple’s release and by manipulating the way this information is presented, Zhizhen tries to persuade the jury that Xiao I was like this all along before Siri was released when the fact is that they altered their product to be more like Siri and not the other way around.

    • Rowan09

      Can’t knock them for wasting money to try, with the reward being so big.