Apple is suing China’s State Intellectual Property Office and shanghai-based Zhizhen Network Technology over patent rights to Siri, according to Xinhua.
Apple has launched the case against the government agency, which is in charge of patent rights protection in China, and Zhizhen Network Technology, which developed software similar to Siri, the report said. Previously, Apple asked the State Intellectual Property Office to declare Zhizhen’s voice recognition patent invalid but the request was declined, prompting the legal action.
The dispute between Apple and Zhizhen has been ongoing. Apple was sued by the Shanghai company last year, in a complaint that accused Siri of being copied from its own “Xiao i Robot” software patented in 2004. A hearing on that complaint was reportedly held last July, but no ruling was handed down.
The case will be heard on Thursday by the Beijing Number one Intermediate People’s Court but, as no ruling has been announced for the case heard last July yet, it may be some time before this concludes.