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Siri gets Apple sued in China

Sigh. Another day, another Apple suit in China.

This time the Cupertino-based giant is being sued by Zhi Zhen Internet Technology over its voice assistant app Siri.

According to Nasdaq, the Chinese company is taking action against Apple for infringing on a patent it holds for its Xiao i Robot, a Chinese language, voice automated app similar to Siri.

The suit come just three days after Apple paid US$60-million to Chinese company, Proview to settle a spat relating to the ownership of the iPad trademark.

Apple recently announced that it would be rolling out Mandarin and Cantonese versions of Siri for the China and Hong Kong markets.

At its World Wide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) in June, the company placed a heavy emphasis on its aspirations for China.

At the conference it introduced new input methods, new dictionaries, eight new fonts, and support for Baidu and other Chinese social networks. It also encouraged developers to get their apps ready for China.

Zhi Zhen claims that it applied for its patent as far back as 2004.

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart Thomas joined the Burn Media team in 2011 while finishing off an MA in South African Literature. Eager to prove his geek credentials, he allowed himself to be thrown in the deep and did his best to stay afloat. When not fused with his keyboard, you can find... More