Zhizhen Network Technology, the creator of a feature called Xiaoi Bot, claims that Apple’s voice-controlled assistant Siri is guilty of infringing on one of its patents which covers a “type of instant messaging chat bot system.”
Zhizhen appears to have a problem with Apple’s description of Siri on its website, rather than Siri itself, and that the description the company refers to in its complaint has now been removed from Apple’s website, reports Cult of Mac.
Xiaoi Bot reportedly looks a lot like Siri, however, Xiaoi Bot has been around longer than the iPhone, with the patent in question was filed back in August 2004.
Zhizhen claims that it sent a legal notice to Apple in May 2012 seeking to resolve the patent dispute through mediation, but Apple did not respond after receiving the letter.
Zhizhen filed the suit on June 21 and the Shanghai courts announced on June 26 that they will hear the case, a source within the court system confirmed that the lawsuit is currently in pre-trial negotiations.
Apple has yet to respond to Zhizhen’s complaint.