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This excerpt taken from the NICE 20-F filed May 17, 2006.

Settlement Agreement with Dictaphone

          In June 2000, Dictaphone Corporation, one of our competitors, filed a patent infringement claim relating to certain technology embedded in some of our products. The claim was for damages for past infringement and enjoinment of any continued infringement of Dictaphone patents. On December 11, 2003, we agreed with Dictaphone to dismiss all claims and counterclaims in connection with Dictaphone’s patent infringement claim against us. Under the terms of the settlement we were required to pay Dictaphone $10 million, of which approximately $4.8 million was paid by our insurance carrier in December 2003 and the balance was paid by us. Each of the companies was to grant the other a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to certain of their respective patents including the disputed patents. The two companies further agreed to enter into enforcement proceedings with respect to both companies’ patent portfolios and to share any proceeds from these actions.

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This excerpt taken from the NICE 20-F filed Jun 29, 2005.

Settlement Agreement with Dictaphone

 

In June 2000, Dictaphone Corporation, one of our competitors, filed a patent infringement claim relating to certain technology embedded in some of our products.  The claim was for damages for past infringement and enjoinment of any continued infringement of Dictaphone patents.  On December 11, 2003, we agreed with Dictaphone to dismiss all claims and counterclaims in connection with Dictaphone’s patent infringement claim against us. Under the terms of the settlement we are required to pay Dictaphone $10 million, of which approximately $4.8 million was paid by our insurance carrier in December 2003 and the balance was paid by us, except for the final installment in the amount of $333,335.  This amount is required to be paid by us by June 30, 2005, subject to certain events which could result in a reduced payment by us. Each of the companies will grant the other a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual license to certain of their respective patents including the disputed patents. The two companies further agreed to enter into enforcement proceedings with respect to both companies’ patent portfolios and to share any proceeds from these actions.

 

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