December 16, 2010 12:22 ET
SYSTRAN Wins Its Case Against the European Commission
PARIS--(Marketwire - December 16, 2010) - The General Court of the European Union declared
today that "The Commission infringed the copyright and know-how held by the
SYSTRAN Group in the Unix version of the SYSTRAN machine translation
software". Sanctioning these acts, the General Court ordered the Commission
to pay SYSTRAN liquidated damages of EUR12,001,000.
A Historic Decision
Following ten years of fighting and a court proceeding lasting nearly four
years, the General Court of the European Union has recognized SYSTRAN's
intellectual property rights.
The Court has affirmed the SYSTRAN Group's ownership of SYSTRAN software
and declared the infringement of the copyright and know-how held by the
SYSTRAN Group by the European Commission, and has ordered the Commission to
pay SYSTRAN liquidated damages in the amount of EUR12,001,000.
For the first time, a European institution has been condemned in such a
manner and to such a degree.
In addition, the General Court issued a press release as a non-pecuniary
compensation for the non-material damage caused to SYSTRAN's reputation as
a consequence of the Commission's unlawful conduct.
(available at: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_16799).
The General Court also observes "that it is for the Commission to draw all
appropriate conclusions in order to ensure that SYSTRAN's rights in the
SYSTRAN Unix version are taken into account as concerns the work relating
to the EC-SYSTRAN Unix version. If they are not taken into account, given
that the damage for which compensation is awarded in this case holds only
for the period from 2004 to the date of delivery of this judgment, SYSTRAN
would be entitled to bring before the General Court a fresh action seeking
damages in respect of the further damage it might suffer."
SYSTRAN is the market leading provider of language translation software
products and solutions for the desktop, enterprise and Internet.
Use of SYSTRAN products and solutions enhance multilingual communication
and increase user productivity. SYSTRAN delivers real-time language
solutions for search, content management, online customer support, intra or
inter company collaboration, and eCommerce.
With the ability to facilitate communication in 52 language combinations
and in 20 vertical domains, SYSTRAN's software is the choice of leading
global corporations, portals including Apple, Yahoo! and AltaVista, and
public agencies such as the US Intelligence Community and the European
SYSTRAN has been pioneering advances in machine translation for over four
decades. Its latest achievement, SYSTRAN Hybrid MT, combines the
predictability and language consistency of rule-based machine translation
with the fluency of statistical MT.
SYSTRAN is headquartered in Paris, France with a North American office
located in San Diego, California, USA.
SYSTRAN (Code ISIN FR0004109197, Bloomberg: SYST NM, Reuters: SYTN.LN) is
listed on EuroNext Paris, Compartiment C.
For more information, visit www.SYSTRANsoft.com
This Press Release is available for download at:
PR_SYSTRAN contre EC _ EN (v.3 16 décembre 2010):
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