As we previously reported, Apple came to an amicable settlement with Proview over the iPad brand and paid $ 60 million for the opportunity to officially launch iPad sales in China. However, new lawsuits in the Celestial Empire were not long in coming.
This time, the target of local companies was the voice assistant Siri. This development could seriously affect iPad sales in China. This is due to the fact that the tablet comes with the Siri app installed as part of the updated IOS 6 software.
According to MIC Gadget, this time the lawsuit came from Shanghai-based Zhi Zhen Internet Technology. Company representatives claim that they have a similar Xiaoi Bot speech recognition system, the patent documents of which were filed back in August 2004 and approved in February 2006. In May this year, the Chinese company already tried to hold pre-trial negotiations with Apple, but how According to the source, everything was unsuccessful.
As far as we know, Microsoft and Yahoo have already licensed this technology for use in their applications in China.
The second lawsuit was filed by the chemical company Jiangsu Xuebao, accusing Apple of illegally using a brand called "Snow Leopard" in China. As it turned out, "Snow Leopard" translated into Chinese sounds like "Xuebao". Apple is likely to emerge victorious in this litigation. The California giant has never used the term "huebao" in its advertisements in China.
How do you feel about the fact that a well-known American company has become a target for small companies from China, where gray imports and counterfeit products flourish?
Or the Yabloko people themselves are to blame for buying Siri without proper market research.