L&H Sues Nice Over Alleged Patent Infringement

STOCKHOLM (06/22/2000) - Lernout & Hauspie Speech Products Inc. (L&H) announced Wednesday that its Dictaphone Corp. unit has filed suit in a U.S. Federal Court against Israel-based Nice Systems Ltd. and its U.S.-based Nice Systems Inc. subsidiary over an alleged patent infringement.

In the lawsuit, filed in the Federal Court of the District of Connecticut, Dictaphone alleges that four versions of Nice's digital logging products infringe upon two patents owned by Dictaphone, covering the storage, processing and retrieval of digitally recorded communications. Dictaphone is seeking more than US$100 million in damages and an injunction against Nice, L&H said in a statement.

An L&H spokesman in Belgium declined to give any further comment on the case.

In a brief statement issued Thursday, Ra'anana, Israel-based Nice responded to the lawsuit by saying that it was disappointed that Dictaphone had chosen to take legal action. Based on an analysis by the company's legal advisors, Nice said it remained confident in its technology and promised to defend itself vigorously.

Lernout & Hauspie, with dual headquarters in Ieper, Belgium and Burlington, Massachusetts, can be reached at +32-57-228-888 or at http://www.lhsl.com/.

Nice Systems, in Ra'anana, Israel, is at +972-9-775-3777 or at http://www.nice.com/.

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