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Chinese AI company files US$1.4b lawsuit against Apple

Chinese AI company files US$1.4b lawsuit against Apple

File photo of the Apple logo at the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, US, Oct 16, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Mike Segar)

SHANGHAI: Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology, also known as Xiao-I, has filed a lawsuit against Apple, alleging it has infringed on its patents.

The company is calling for 10 billion yuan (US$1.43 billion) in damages and demands that Apple cease "manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling and importing" products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post.

Xiao-I argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment. Reuters was not immediately available to find a copy of the court filing.

The lawsuit marks the continuation of a row that has been ongoing for nearly a decade.

Shanghai Zhizhen first sued Apple for patent infringement in 2012 regarding its voice recognition technology. In July, China's Supreme People's court ruled that the patent was valid.

Source: Reuters/dv

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