LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 20, 2013) - MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF), through its wholly owned subsidiary MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (collectively, "MMR"), today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance ("NOA") from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 13/714,720 entitled, "Method for Providing a User with a Service for Accessing and Collecting Prescriptions." The patent will have 28 claims which include but are not limited to the ability of consumers, patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals to electronically send prescriptions to a pharmacy, access prescriptions from a pharmacy, schedule prescription refills, send reminders regarding prescription refills including by text or email, and identify adverse drug interactions by analyzing prescription medications. MMR believes that these claims are relevant to pharmacies, vendors and others that provide online access to their customers for accessing and managing their prescriptions. MMR is a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs) for patients and MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions, and electronic document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals. The NOA represents a significant addition to MMR's existing U.S. patent portfolio which will include eight U.S. health information technology patents with more than 400 claims.
According to Robert H. Lorsch, MMRGlobal CEO, "Today's development is one chapter in my version of MMR's Never Ending Story. MMR's patent strategy is to continue to expand its portfolio to cover our ongoing developments in technology, which will increase licensing opportunities and value to existing licensees who benefit when new patents are granted. MMR already has numerous additional HIT patent applications pending. MMR also plans to continue to file continuation patent applications directed to expanding claims in selected markets such as pharmacies, Personal Health Records, and patient portals, amongst others."
John Goodhue of McKee Voorhees & Sease, MMR's patent attorneys since the inception of the filing of its HIT patents, stated, "The 28 additional claims from the 'Prescription Management' NOA announced today are directed toward online access and management of prescriptions and should increase the value of MMR's intellectual property, specifically as it pertains to current efforts to license hospitals, major retail pharmacies, mass merchandisers with pharmacies inside, and others."
In addition to what will be eight issued U.S. patents, MMR's health information technology patent portfolio also includes 21 other pending U.S. applications in addition to issued patents and pending applications in other countries of commercial interest including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Canada, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel, and European nations.
Additionally, the Company acquired biotechnology intellectual property separate from its health IT portfolio as a result of its reverse merger with Favrille, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, in January 2009. After investing more than $100 million in research and development on its FavId™/Specifid™ vaccine trials and use of customized tumor cells to treat lymphoma patients and other technologies. MMR's biotech assets include an extensive portfolio including its anti-CD20 monoclonal antibodies, data from vaccine trials, thousands of patient tumor samples and other intellectual property which the Company has already licensed to a major pharmaceutical company under a $13 million non-exclusive licensing agreement of which approximately $12 million remains unpaid.
Although MMRGlobal also continues working to license and otherwise exploit its portfolio of biotech assets, it remains focused on its primary health IT business which consists of seven U.S. patents already issued -- U.S. Patent Nos. 8,301,466; 8,352,287; 8,352,288; 8,121,855; 8,117,646; 8,117,045; and 8,321,240 -- as well as additional applications and continuation applications involving inventions pertaining to Personal Health Records, Patient Portals and other Electronic Health Record systems. The Company's health IT patent portfolio was the subject of a May 2, 2013 report on Personal Health Records that concluded that the value of the Company's U.S. patents could reach between $800 million to $1.1 billion in revenue (available at http://michaelbass.com/PDF/Patent_Valuation.pdf ).
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, retail pharmacies, 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. MMR'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 through an integrated patient portal. Through its merger with Favrille, Inc. in January 2009, MMR 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 MMR's products and services at www.mmrtheater.com.
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