The whole market trend of using patent infringement case to gain publicity has reached China and Zhi Zhen Network Technology filed case against Apple for patent infringement.
Apple who was the pioneer this Patent war all over the world has now got a taste of its own medicine from Zhi Zhen.
Zhi Zhen Network Technology filed Chinese patent application for its Xiao i Robot software in 2004, and that that patent was granted in 2006. Xiao i Robot features voice interactions, with the ability to answer questions and hold simple conversations just like Siri and both have remarkable similarities.
Zhi Zhen has been provider of this technology all over china and have released versions of Xiao i Robot for the web, Android, Windows Phone, Desktops, and Apple’s iOS. The company is said to have more than 100 million users in China which are using their technology, with companies such as China Mobile, China Telecom, and a number of major banks featuring Xiao i Robot.
Zhi Zhen launched its suit in July of last year, shortly after Siri became available in China. Lawyers representing the firm told AFP that the Zhi Zhen’s goal is to get Apple to stop infringing, but that a monetary settlement could be a possibility.
“The company will ask Apple to stop manufacturing and selling products using its patent rights, once Apple’s infringement is confirmed,” said Si Weijiang, a Zhi Zhen lawyer. “We don’t exclude the possibility of demanding compensation in the future.”
Apple’s has been to china for pre-trial hiring and the case hearing will be most probably in the month of July, With the amount of money Apple has monetary settlement looks like an option, but unless the companies present their evidence in court it would be hard to predict anything.