China’s Xiao-i sues Apple for $1.43 billion over Siri AI infringement

China’s Xiao-i sues Apple for $1.43 billion over Siri AI infringement

(Reuters) — 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 Xiao-i’s patents.


Xiao-i is calling for 10 billion yuan ($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 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 dispute 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.