SYSTRAN wins its case against the European Commission

Paris, France, 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 €12,001,000.

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 €12,001,000.

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:

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 Commission.

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.

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