In its complaint, ScanSoft states that Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc. infringes a ScanSoft patent that covers voice-activated dialing for mobile telephones. In the claim, ScanSoft seeks monetary damages for infringement and injunctive relief to prevent ART from continuing to infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,501,966 "Speech Recognition System for Electronic Switches in a Non-Wireline Communications Network." ScanSoft filed a similar lawsuit against Voice Signal Technologies in February 2004.
"ScanSoft has an obligation to its stakeholders to protect its intellectual property and patent portfolio," said Jo-Anne Sinclair, vice president and general counsel for ScanSoft. "Since its founding, ScanSoft has invested significant costs and resources to develop and acquire leading technologies, techniques and associated intellectual property that differentiate us from the competition. Those inventions and the intellectual property protecting those inventions are a cornerstone of our business. We take great pride in and place significant value on our patents and will aggressively protect our intellectual property rights through all available means." E-mails to Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc. seeking a response were not returned.