SOURCE: MMRGlobal, Inc.

MMRGlobal, Inc.

August 20, 2012 08:30 ET

MMRGlobal Pursues Infringements of the Company's Health IT Patent Portfolio

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 20, 2012) -  MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCBB: MMRF) ("MMR," the "Company"), a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and MMRPro electronic document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals, today announced it is pursuing claims for infringement against healthcare providers and other organizations based on the Company's health IT patent portfolio. As a result of changes in U.S. healthcare laws in recent years, healthcare providers will be required to provide patients access to Personal Health Records by 2014 in a manner that will make MMR's patents foundational for the industry. The Company has begun the process of contacting hospitals, healthcare providers and physician group practices that use document management, imaging and faxing to convert paper-based medical records into digital online Personal Health Records in manners that could infringe upon the Company's intellectual property. The Company will offer a program of annual renewable licenses to healthcare professionals that are not providing MyMedicalRecords.com Personal Health Records or the Company's MMRPro document management and imaging systems. In cases where infringements are inadvertent, MMR will offer reasonable non-exclusive recurring licenses based on the size of the infringement. The Company's patent portfolio has been expanded to include claims involving Personal Health Records used in clinical trials and emergency access to PHRs by first responders, both domestically and globally. The patent portfolio includes but is not limited to the following issued patents and pending applications.

Title   Country   Status   Serial No.   Patent No. or
Publication No.
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   US   ISSUED   11/225,518   8,121,855
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   US   ISSUED   11/305,685   8,117,045
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE RECORDS   US   ISSUED   12/204,465   8,117,646
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN CLINICAL TRIALS   US   PUBLISHED   13/082,896   US 2011-
0251855 A1
ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORDS IN CLINICAL TRIALS   WIPO   PUBLISHED   PCT/US11/31772   WO
2011/127397
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS WITH EMERGENCY PASSWORD FEATURE   US   PUBLISHED   11/690,996   US 2007-
0233519 A1
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS WITH EMERGENCY PASSWORD FEATURE   US   PUBLISHED   12/204,474   US 2009-
0055222 A1
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   CANADA   PENDING   2,615,128    
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   EUROPE   PUBLISHED   06720652.4   1924937
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   HONG KONG   PUBLISHED   08112621.4   1119271
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   ISRAEL   PENDING   190,064    
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   JAPAN   PUBLISHED   2008-529977   2009-508207
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   SOUTH KOREA   PUBLISHED   2008-7008445   2008-0068653
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   MEXICO   ISSUED   MX/a/2008/003495   298478
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   MEXICO   PENDING   MX/a/2012/001633    
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   NEW ZEALAND   ISSUED   566650   566650
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   SINGAPORE   ISSUED   200801954.9   140830
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   AUSTRALIA   ISSUED   2006202057   2006202057
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   AUSTRALIA   ISSUED   2008202401   2008202401
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   US   PUBLISHED   12/204,498   US 2009-
0055894 A1
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   SOUTH KOREA   PENDING   10-2010-7025779    
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   US   PUBLISHED   13/041,809   US 2011-
0154508 A1
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   US   PUBLISHED   13/352,026   US 2012-
0116814 A1
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   US   PUBLISHED   13/352,045   US 2012-
0130748 A1
METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PROVIDING ONLINE MEDICAL RECORDS   US   PUBLISHED   13/352,068   US 2012-
0116815 A1
UNIVERSAL PATIENT RECORD CONVERSION TOOL   US   PUBLISHED   13/246,948   US 2012-
0078663 A1
UNIVERSAL PATIENT RECORD CONVERSION TOOL   WIPO   PUBLISHED   PCT/US11/53594   WO
2012/044648

The Company announced that it has retained the law firm of Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP (Liner) to lead the licensing and litigation efforts. Liner is a dynamic law firm with a distinguished roster of talented attorneys who are leading the way in their respective fields of law. Approximately half of Liner's partners were recruited from "Am Law 100" firms. Its attorneys represent clients throughout the country and internationally via the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices. Bob Lorsch, Chairman and CEO of MMRGlobal, said, "We have worked long and hard on establishing a comprehensive health IT patent portfolio which experts have valued at hundreds of millions of dollars not including all of the applications in the listing above. Our plan is to use our IP to sell our MyMedicalRecords and MMRPro products and services with embedded licenses. However, where that is not the case, we will monetize the portfolio in any way we can." 

In a news release dated August 9, Ted Ward, who will lead the efforts on behalf of the Liner firm stated, "In today's business climate, more and more companies are seeing the value and merits of 'monetizing' their intellectual property assets. We are in the midst of a change where many companies have turned their IP portfolios into significant revenues. At the same time, we are witnessing a successful push by many of the Web's biggest pioneers as well as emerging growth companies like MMR that are re-asserting patent portfolios against new rivals emerging in the social media and networking space out of a fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders to maximize every financial means possible."

The MMR patent portfolio was created in conjunction with the intellectual property law boutique of McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. (MVS). MVS continues to assist in building U.S. and international patent portfolios in the health information technology and biotechnology areas. MMRGlobal's biotechnology portfolio includes three U.S. patents, four U.S. pending patent applications, six patents in foreign countries and 14 pending patent applications in foreign countries. MMRGlobal's health IT portfolio includes three U.S. patents (with a total of 81 claims), 18 pending U.S. patent applications (with hundreds of pending claims), five patents in foreign countries, and nine pending patent applications in foreign countries. MVS will continue to file and manage the prosecution of MMR patents globally in support of the Liner monetization efforts.

About MMRGlobal, Inc.
MMRGlobal, Inc., through its wholly-owned operating subsidiary, MyMedicalRecords, Inc., provides secure and easy-to-use online Personal Health Records ("PHRs") and electronic safe deposit box storage solutions, serving consumers, healthcare professionals, employers, insurance companies, financial institutions, and professional organizations and affinity groups. The MyMedicalRecords PHR enables individuals and families to access their medical records and other important documents, such as birth certificates, passports, insurance policies and wills, anytime from anywhere using the Internet. MyMedicalRecords is built on proprietary, patented technologies to allow documents, images and voicemail messages to be transmitted and stored in the system using a variety of methods, including fax, phone, or file upload without relying on any specific electronic medical record platform to populate a user's account. The Company's professional offering, MMRPro, is designed to give physicians' offices an easy and cost-effective solution to digitizing paper-based medical records and sharing them with patients in real time through an integrated patient portal. MMR is an Independent Software Vendor Partner with Kodak to deliver an integrated turnkey EMR solution for healthcare professionals. Through its merger with Favrille, Inc. in January 2009, the Company acquired intellectual property biotech assets that include anti-CD20 antibodies and data and samples from its FavId™/Specifid™ vaccine clinical trials for the treatment of B-Cell Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. To learn more about MMRGlobal, Inc. visit www.mmrglobal.com. View demos and video tutorials of the Company's products and services at www.mmrtheater.com.

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