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  • Siri, we lost first part of voice recog case, didn't we? - Apple
    Yes, user, you did, says this Beijing court
    Siri, we lost first part of voice recog case, didn't we? - Apple Frontier
    Frontier on Wednesday, July 9, 2014
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    Apple has lost the first stage of an IP case in China that involves its voice assistant Siri, after a Beijing court ruled that the patent held by the Chinese firm that launched the suit was valid.

    The fruity firm was arguing with both Shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology and the State Intellectual Property Office over the validity of a speech-recognition technology patent that Zhizhen is asserting against its Siri voice assistant.

    But the court said in a statement (translated by Google) that it had decided that the patent was valid.

    Zhizhen took Apple to court in the country back in 2012, saying that Siri had infringed on its speech patent. The fruity firm asked the Patent Re-examination Board to take another look at the intellectual property and after the board said that the patent was solid, Apple challenged the decision in court.

    Apple was arguing that the patent was invalid for a number of reasons, including the novelty of the claim and lack of necessary technical features. But the Beijing Intermediate Court upheld the board’s decision on validity. The firm said in court that it intends to appeal the decision.

    An Apple spokesperson said in an emailed statement that the company doesn’t believe that Siri infringes on the patent.

    “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," they said.

    "While a separate court considers this question, we remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen.
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