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ABBYY Wins Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against Nuance

August 27, 2013

Jury Rules in Favor of ABBYY, Concludes No Infringement of Technology Patents or Trade Dress


ABBYY®, a leading provider of document recognition, data capture, and linguistic technologies and professional services, today announced that a jury appointed by the U.S. District Court of San Francisco has found in favor of ABBYY in the patent infringement lawsuit initiated by Nuance Communications, Inc.


“ABBYY is pleased that the jury found in ABBYY’s favor, finding that ABBYY did not infringe any of Nuance’s asserted patent claims or its trade dress. ABBYY has remained confident in its non-infringement positions since the case was first filed in 2008. It is gratifying to see that confidence affirmed,” said LeighAnn Weiland, Vice President and General Counsel at ABBYY USA. “We believe that this win further validates our leadership position in the OCR and data capture market.”


The litigation, initially filed against ABBYY and Lexmark by Nuance in February 2008, centered on alleged patent infringement of optical character recognition (OCR) technologies and trade dress by ABBYY. Following trial proceedings which began on August 12, 2013 and closed on August 23, 2013, the jury unanimously found in the favor of ABBYY and Lexmark. As a result of the jury’s decision, no damages have been awarded to Nuance.


“ABBYY has led the market in OCR accuracy and performance for more than 15 years and believes that this decision validates our leadership position. While we are pleased to put this trial behind us, it has in no way diluted ABBYY’s commitment to ongoing technical innovation and dedicated service to its business partners and customers” said Sergey Andreyev, CEO at ABBYY Headquarters. “We look forward to working side-by-side with our partners to meet customer needs with innovative solutions.”


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