Tuesday, August 19, 2008

IBM is behind Vlingo's technology - will Nuance sue IBM?

Recently Nuance decided to play aggressively against Vlingo. While filing a lawsuit against Vlingo seems reasonable for Nuance who has a long history for using the lawsuit weapon against small companies (usually pre acquisition attempts). However the recent Business Week article - IBM's Speech Recognition, expose the fact that Vlingo is using the IBM technology as the basis for their solution.

I wonder if Nuance will continue the legal actions given this information. IBM speech recognition patents is one of the broadest in the industry and in general nowone should mess with IBM about patents.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think it's unlikely. It's my understanding that it's been common knowledge that IBM was the recognizer behind Vlingo for some time. Nuance is just using this lawsuit to soften vlingo up for acquisition. They've used similar tactics in the past and even earlier this week with Zi.