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Apple defends Siri against local firm's infringement suit

APPLE Inc defending its Siri intelligent voice-activated application in court today against claims by a local company that it infringes on its patent for its Xiao i Robot system.
Shanghai Zhizhen Internet Technology Company, a firm based in Jiading District, has demanded that Apple stop producing, selling and using products that use Siri.
The case was heard today in Shanghai No. 1 People's Intermediate Court, but no verdict was released. The first plea hearing in the case was on March 27.
Apple's lawyers said Siri is different from Xiao i Robot, both the number of servers it uses and the way it processes the speech of customers. Siri has only one US-based server and a corresponding database, while Xiao i has three servers for queries, artificial intelligence and games, Apple said.
Zhizhen's lawyer used the Siri system of an iPad Mini in court, saying it can recognize formatting commands and natural sentences, search information and open applications for games such as a game center - all technical features of Xiao i. A notarized certificate from the Pudong Forensic Appraisal Center of Intellectual Property was displayed as evidence to show the function of Siri and Xiao i Robot are the same.
But Apple's lawyer said that when Xiao i receives customers' words, "it uses a filter to divide them into two parts: formatting commands and natural sentences. Then it sends the formatting commands to the query server and the natural sentences to artificial intelligence server. Siri use no filter and can process sentences by itself."


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