February 08, 2007 10:56 ET

Mi-Co Announces Issuance and Licensing of U.S. Patent and Its Print on Demand Software at Anoto U.S. Seminar

Patent Demonstrates Mi-Co's Ongoing Culture of Innovation in the Use of Digital Ink

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 8, 2007 -- At an Anoto partner seminar in Washington D.C. today, Mi-Co, the mobile data capture software company, announced that it has licensed U.S. Patent 6,798,907 to Rover Technology Fusions. Mi-Co also announced the beta availability of its "print on demand" software for Anoto functionality digital pen technology, via the Mi-Forms on Demand product.

Anoto technology allows users to capture and use digital ink when writing with a digital pen on paper printed with special Anoto patterns. When the digital pen is docked to a computer, then information from the pattern allows for the conversion of the digital ink into text. Many Anoto functionality applications use preprinted forms with these patterns. With the Mi-Forms on Demand product, the specific form needed can be printed right at the point of data capture making the process a real-time process with data from the form interacting directly with the organization's back end databases.

U.S. Patent 6,798,907 was awarded to Mi-Co for its invention of a computer system that combines handwriting captured in real-time with pre-existing information, creating a "composite document." An example of a composite document is one that has been pre-populated by database information and signed with an electronic ink signature. This patent is one of several awarded to Mi-Co staff relating to mobile data capture software systems that allow users to write on paper or paper-like Tablet PC forms and then process the data in real-time.

"Mi-Co is proud to license its patents surrounding digital writing technology into the market on fair and reasonable non-exclusive terms," said Mi-Co CEO Greg Clary in a speech delivered at the Anoto seminar today. "And we are excited to support the laser printing of Anoto functionality forms with our newly enhanced Mi-Forms on Demand Software offering. This technology will significantly increase the return on investment of data capture applications in health care scenarios, manufacturing sites, clinical trial sites and insurance account enrollment scenarios."

Mi-Co's use of handwriting for data capture in a mobile environment is a driving force in its Mi-Forms Software System. Mi-Forms provides a platform that allows customers (such as the Internal Revenue Service, Health Decisions and the USDA) to implement forms-based systems using handwriting interpretation for data capture. In addition, the customers' Mi-Forms Systems include components designed to validate the data and communicate that data to enterprise users. Mi-Forms on Demand allows Anoto functionality digital pen forms to be printed on local laser printers within an enterprise. Handwriting captured on the forms is then automatically associated with the proper database record, without manual steps by the end user.

"We are delighted to partner with Mi-Co to bring print on demand software for digital pens to our customers and the work flow market," stated Bryan Kearney, CEO of Rover Technology Fusions. "The digital pen technology and print on demand software is an ideal combination for our customers requiring maintenance inspection and property appraisal applications. Mi-Co is clearly a leader in the digital writing space."

"Rover, with its unique combination of domain-knowledgeable personnel and its market position, is a great solutions partner for Mi-Co," stated Clary. "We appreciate our close relationship with Rover and its choice of Mi-Co as the technology supplier for print on demand software."

About Mi-Co

Mi-Co, the mobile information and data capture company, provides digital writing software that enables an efficient and effective process for capturing and communicating handwritten data. Mi-Co's enterprise Mi-Forms Software System enables flexible e-forms design for data capture using digital ink. In addition, Mi-Forms Software has proven capabilities for handwriting interpretation, touch-screen input, verification, data validation and communication of forms-based data for enterprise users. Mi-Forms supports Tablet PCs, UMPCs, Digital Pens, Pocket PCs and signature capture devices. The company is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina and has a Washington customer service center. For more information on Mi-Co, visit

About Rover Technology Fusions

Rover Technology Fusions (RTF) is a full service technology solution provider offering a robust portfolio of products and services. The RTF solution line is focused on technologies that connect and protect business information. The cornerstone of RTF's philosophy is to provide effective technology solutions to the end users which demonstrate a high and quick investment return. RTF products are engineered with common functionality to significantly reduce the learning curve and target significant work flow processes, for example NoteAmation. Implementation can take place in a matter of hours immediately automating and protecting valuable intellectual property found in meetings notes or customer data sets. For more information on Rover work flow solutions, visit

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