Genius Chinese Developer Sues Apple Over Siri, Then Copies Siri
In a move that seems to be one mainly out of greed like 95% of the other cases where Apple has been sued, a Chinese developer is claiming that the Siri voice assistant infringes on a patent that had been filed in 2004. Perhaps it may be fine for the Shanghai developer to believe that Siri takes after its ambiguous patent, however the developer crosses a line of their own by releasing an update to the product that they claim Siri copied, with the company effectively copying the look and feel of Apple’s Siri implementation.
Citing a patent approved in February of 2006 referencing their product Xiaoi Bot, “a type of instant messaging chat bot system”, Zhizhen Network Technology feels they have legal ground. Zhizen initially sent Apple a legal notice in May so that they could remedy the issue out-of-court to find no response.
On June 26, Shanghai’s courts announced that they will oversee the case.
Following Apple’s payment of $60 million to Proview to gain legal rights to the iPad trademark in China, Zhizen feels they should be anticipating a potentially bigger pay day should they win in court. Since Apple’s version of Siri was originally released on the iPhone 4S in 2011, the successful Proview trial would be the main contributing factor to Zhizhen’s suing Apple after so many months on the market.
While they are suing Apple for infringing their intellectual property, they believe is it is okay for them to do the same. (We don’t think an “eye-for-an-eye” applies here.) A look at a recently-updated version of Zhizen’s Xiaoi Bot app makes it obvious where they drew a little too much inspiration from: