Michael KanBeijing Correspondent, IDG News Service

Michael Kan covers IT, telecommunications, and the Internet in China for the IDG News Service.

Shanghai company sues Apple over Siri for alleged patent infringement

Apple has become the target of another lawsuit in China, this time because of its Siri technology, with a Shanghai-based company alleging that Apple has infringed on a patent involving its own personal assistant software.

HTC fends off Apple in UK over "slide to unlock" patent

A High Court in the UK has ruled that HTC did not infringe on Apple's photo management patent, while stating that three other patents Apple claimed in the lawsuit were invalid.

Taiwan worries new Apple patent could target ultrabooks

A Taiwan government office is warning local PC vendors of a new Apple patent for its MacBook Air that could be used in legal action to try and stop the sale of ultra book models.

Apple pays $60 million for iPad trademark in China

According to a Chinese court, Apple has agreed to pay $60 million for ownership of the iPad trademark in China. This comes as part of a settlement with a little-known Chinese firm called Proview that had tried to ban sales of the tablet in the country.

Chinese watchdog group takes aim at Apple's repair policies

Apple's repair policies have come under fire in China from a government funded consumer watchdog group, which has criticized the company for using refurbished parts to fix products.

ITC rejects Google patents in HTC legal dispute against Apple

The U.S. International Trade Commission has tossed out five Google patents assigned to High Tech Computer in support of its legal complaint against Apple.

Evernote launches China-based service to tap country's market

Evernote launched a Chinese version of its popular note-taking service on Thursday, marking the U.S. company's entrance into a key country.

Flipboard expects China downloads to surpass U.S.

Flipboard expects the daily number of downloads coming from China for its popular personalized news reading app will very soon surpass its U.S. downloads.

Foxconn setting up China headquarters in Shanghai

Apple supplier Foxconn plans to set up headquarters in China, as part of the company's growing expansion in manufacturing and commercial operations.

Chinese official: Apple does not own iPad trademark

A Chinese official said on Tuesday that Apple does not have ownership of the iPad trademark in China.

Apple in talks with iPad trademark challenger to try and settle dispute

Apple and a Chinese company have started talks to try and resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark, according to a lawyer involved in the case.

Apple and Chinese environmental group to audit factory for pollution concerns

Apple and a Chinese environmental group plan to jointly audit one of the company's supplier factories in China. The move could lead to more open inspections of Apple's suppliers for pollution concerns.

Foxconn's overtime reduction will not affect product prices, analysts say

Low labor costs and a growing reliance on automation will ensure Apple supplier Foxconn's newly announced efforts to reduce overtime for its employees won't lead to a corresponding price increase in tech products.

Chinese leader asks Apple's Tim Cook to care for workers

Apple CEO Tim Cook met with a top Chinese official on Tuesday, who called on foreign companies to pay more attention to the care of their workers in the country.

Apple's CEO meets with Beijing's mayor, calls for cooperation

Apple's CEO Tim Cook met with Beijing's mayor on Monday, and called for increased cooperation with China's capital city along with market expansion, according to a report from Chinese state-run press.