Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

BEIJING Wed Jul 9, 2014 11:42am IST

A man walks past the logo at an Apple store in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, neighbouring Hong Kong September 9, 2013. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/Files

A man walks past the logo at an Apple store in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, neighbouring Hong Kong September 9, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Bobby Yip/Files

Related Topics

Stocks

   

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Beijing court has ruled against Apple Inc (AAPL.O) by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights.

Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid.

But the Beijing First Intermediate Court on Tuesday decided in Zhizhen's favour, the People's Daily state newspaper reported on Wednesday.

After the verdict, Apple said it intended to take the case to the Beijing Higher People's Court, according to the People's Daily.

"Unfortunately, we were not aware of Zhizhen's patent before we introduced Siri (speech recognition technology) and we do not believe we are using this patent," said a Beijing-based Apple spokeswoman in an emailed statement to Reuters.

"While a separate court considers this question, we remain open to reasonable discussions with Zhizhen," the spokeswoman said.

Zhizhen declined to comment when contacted by Reuters.

Zhizhen sued the U.S. firm in 2012 for intellectual property rights infringement, saying Apple's Siri used on devices including the iPhone violated Zhizhen's own voice system patents.

(Reporting by Paul Carsten; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

E-COMMERCE

Reuters Showcase

Qualcomm Probe

Qualcomm Probe

Chipmaker Qualcomm may face EU antitrust probe - sources.  Full Article 

Google Acquisition

Google Acquisition

Google buys video-processing service provider Zync Render.  Full Article 

Tech Investment

Tech Investment

Kleiner to invest in messaging startup Snapchat at near-$10 bln valuation - report.  Full Article 

Bigger iPad

Bigger iPad

Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015 - Bloomberg.  Full Article 

Antitrust Probe

Antitrust Probe

Chinese antitrust regulator targets Microsoft's web browser, media player.  Full Article 

IBM in China

IBM in China

ICBC deal shows U.S. tech giant IBM still engaged in China.  Full Article 

Hanks' Typewriter App

Hanks' Typewriter App

Tom Hanks' new app an homage to manual typewriters  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage