Apple has been sued for intellectual property infringement in China, reports the Wall Street Journal: to accuse it is a company called Shanghai Zhizhen, and the virtual assistant Siri is on the dock. The Chinese company claims to have a patent (in fact it has only recently been granted) that Apple is infringing: if it were found guilty, the company led by Tim Cook could pay around 1.4 billion dollars.
It could be a paltry figure for the most valuable company in the world, but there could be even more serious consequences: Apple could be forced to suspend the sale of any of its products containing Siri – and nowadays they are practically all, from iPhone to Mac, passing through iPad and also Apple Watch. Processes of this type usually drag on for years, so there is no imminent danger, but there is also the possibility that Shanghai Zhizhen will get a preliminary sales freeze. This would mean that Apple should immediately withdraw its products from the market – and hope to later be found innocent.
This type of measure is rarely granted, but there are circumstances that could tip the scales towards Zhizhen. The climate between China and the USA has become very tense in the last period: the administration of Donald Trump has done a lot to put Huawei in difficulty, and now it also threatens to ban even very popular apps such as TikTok and beyond. China's response seems at least very predictable, if not mathematically certain.
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