Apple was in court yesterday, defending itself against accusations of copying its Siri voice recognition tool from a similar service by a Chinese firm.
Apple's Siri voice recognition tool was copied from the rival Xiao i Robot software, according to developer and patent holder Zhizhen Network Technology Co.
Xiao i Robot was patented in 2004, three years before development began on Apple's Siri, and has a similar function. Zhizhen believes that Siri infringes on its intellectual property, and has pursued a patent infringement case.
Apple appeared in court yesterday to defend itself against the accusations and to request that the case be thrown out, a plea which was unsuccessful. The trial will begin in earnest in July.
"[Zhizhen] will ask Apple to stop manufacturing and selling products using its patent rights, once Apple's infringement is confirmed," said Si Weijiang, a lawyer representing the firm, in a statement.