As far-fetched as it may sound, a Chinese artificial intelligence company called Xiao-i or officially known as Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology is attempting to stop iPhone production in China. This comes just weeks before Apple launches its iPhone 13 series. Xiao-i’s fight with Apple is not related to hardware patents. It claims that Apple has copied some Siri voice assistant technology and violated chat robot patents owned by Xiao-i.
As per a report by South China Morning Post, the company is trying to get all devices banned from China that come with Siri. Now, Apple and Xiao-i have a history together. This is Xiao-i’s second attempt to get iPhones banned in China. Needless to say that the first attempt was a failure. However, Xiao-i did not lose the patent batte entirely. Apple in its response earlier had asked the court to invalidate the patent owned by Xiao-i. But this did not happen. The court sided with Xiao-i and the patents continue to remain valid.
If the patent is valid, this means Apple has indeed violated Xiao-i’s patents while making Siri.
As per the report by South China Morning Post, Xiao-i Robot chief executive Yuan Hui said, “Apple should immediately stop the infringement, take down and stop selling the related products.”
Of course, Apple is not going to stop making or selling iPhones in China– one of its largest markets. But Apple may not want any legal troubles right before the launch of the new iPhone 13 series. The new attempt by Xiao-i clearly indicates that the company is trying to put pressure on Apple for some kind of settlement.