Abbyy Takes Software Patent Suit To High Court

Law360, New York (February 25, 2011, 8:37 PM EST) -- Russia-based Abbyy Production LLC is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether Nuance Communications Inc. is able to bypass treaty provisions and pull foreign Abbyy affiliates into litigation over optical character recognition software patents.

Published Friday, the petition for certiorari claimed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit made two grave errors, gutting the Hague Service Convention and overstretching the extraterritoriality of U.S. patent laws to the point that peripheral and alien entities are suddenly liable for infringement.

In November, the Federal Circuit...
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