Apple Sued In China Again Over Siri Patent Dispute Involving Xiaoi Bot, A Voice Assistant From China
China is back with another lawsuit against Apple, this time involving a Voice assistant called Xiaoi Bot. Recently, Apple settled the Chinese company Proviews iPad lawsuit by agreeing to pay a whopping $60 million. Looks like Apple’s woes in China aren’t come to an end yet.
Apple has been doing pretty good at winning lawsuits elsewhere, recently acquiring a ban on two of Samsung’s products, the Galaxy Nexus and Tab 10.1 in the the U.S. However, China doesn’t seem to like Apple so much these days. This new lawsuit is from the Zhizhen Network Technology, a Chinese company, who say that Apple is infringing on a certain ZL200410053749.9 patent that is owned by them. The patent stands for “a type of instant messaging chat bot system”, which is used in Xiaoi Bot.
Xiaoi Bot is a chat bot that connects to various instant messengers like Yahoo, MSN etc. and is available on certain smartphones and TV’s in China. They claim to have acquired the patent in 2006, a year before Apple announced the iPhone. Also, the company is not happy with the description of Siri on Apple’s iPhone 4S page, which weirdly disappeared after the company sued Apple. The chat bot actually looks a lot like Siri, but doesn’t function the same way. Check the Xiaoi Bot demo below.
Apple hasn’t responded to the allegations just yet, but the pre-trial proceedings have already started. Do you think Apple will pay a large sum of money to settle this lawsuit too?