Nuance Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against SoftMed Systems

Nuance Patents Cover Centralized Digital Dictation Systems

BURLINGTON, Mass.--()--Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), a leading supplier of speech and imaging solutions, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against SoftMed Systems, Inc. in the United States District Court in Texarkana, Texas.

In its complaint, Nuance asserts that SoftMed infringes patents covering centralized digital dictation systems and specific features thereof. In the patent infringement suit, Nuance seeks monetary damages for SoftMeds infringement as well as injunctive relief to prevent SoftMed from continuing to infringe U.S. Patents No. 5,179,627, entitled Digital Dictation System, and No. 5,153,905, entitled Priority Voice Message Delivery System.

Nuance has invested significant resources in developing technologies and building an intellectual property portfolio that are important components of our strategy and integral to the success of our business, said Jo-Anne Sinclair, vice president and general counsel, at Nuance Communications. Our IP and technological assets favorably differentiate our solutions from other offerings. Nuance values its intellectual property and intends to diligently and vigorously protect its patent rights and prevent infringing use by others.

Nuance holds more than 400 issued and pending patents worldwide in the fields of speech and imaging technologies and has made significant investments in research, development and the acquisition of intellectual property to provide its customers with unique, best-of-breed solutions. The company will continue to drive innovation through the development and patenting of proprietary technologies.

Nuance Communications, Inc.

Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN) is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications. For more information, please visit nuance.com.

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Richard Mack, 781-565-5000
richard.mack@nuance.com
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Erica Hill, 781-565-5000
erica.hill@nuance.com

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Contacts

Nuance Communications
Richard Mack, 781-565-5000
richard.mack@nuance.com
or
Erica Hill, 781-565-5000
erica.hill@nuance.com