SOURCE: Lumension Security

Lumension Security

August 11, 2009 12:00 ET

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Confirms Patentability of Lumension's Proprietary Patching Technology; Court Lifts Stay on Lumension/Shavlik Litigation

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - August 11, 2009) - Lumension®, the global leader in operational endpoint management and security, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued an Action Closing Prosecution confirming all existing claims of Lumension's U.S. patent to its proprietary patching technology. In addition, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona has granted Lumension's request and lifted its stay on related Lumension/Shavlik litigation. Outlined below are specifics regarding the events:

--  On May 12, 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") issued
    an Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate to Lumension Security, Inc., stating
    that more than 50 claims of Lumension's U.S. patent relating to its
    proprietary patching technology (U.S. Patent No. 6,990,660, or the "'660
    Patent") are considered patentable, as amended.
--  On May 19, Shavlik Technologies, LLC ("Shavlik") filed an Inter Partes
    reexamination request with the PTO, asking the PTO to reexamine the
    Lumension patent.  This was the second reexamination request filed by
    Shavlik, and was filed after the first reexamination had successfully
    concluded for Lumension on May 12, 2009, as stated above.
--  On July 24, 2009, the PTO  granted the Inter Partes reexamination
    request, but simultaneously issued an Action Closing Prosecution where all
    existing claims of the '660 patent (i.e., reexamined claims 1-5, 8-23, 25-
    48 and 51-61) were confirmed as being patentable.
--  On July 27, 2009, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona
    lifted its stay on the related Lumension/Shavlik litigation and gave the
    parties a period of time within which to meet and confer prior to setting a
    scheduling conference.
    

"I am pleased to see that the U.S. Patent Office agrees, now for a third time, that our proprietary patching technology is patentable," said Pat Clawson, Chairman and CEO of Lumension. "The U.S. District Court also lifted its stay on our pending litigation, giving us the opportunity to aggressively protect our intellectual property. Our IP is an important piece of our leadership in the vulnerability management market, and we will defend it vigorously."

Lumension's Patch and Remediation products are currently used by companies worldwide to prevent security breaches from occurring within corporate IT networks and endpoints. Lumension Patch and Remediation technology is a component of the company's vulnerability management solution suite, which helps IT professionals proactively manage and automate their vulnerability management process in order to prevent malware from infiltrating or attacking vital corporate data.

To help protect your vital assets and effectively manage critical risks, download a free trial of Lumension's award-winning Vulnerability Management, Data and Endpoint Protection, and/or Compliance and Risk Management.

About Lumension Security, Inc.

Lumension Security, Inc., a global leader in operational endpoint management and security, develops, integrates and markets security software solutions that help businesses protect their vital information and manage critical risk across network and endpoint assets. Lumension enables more than 5,100 customers worldwide to achieve optimal security and IT success by delivering a proven and award-winning solution portfolio that includes Vulnerability Management, Endpoint Protection, Data Protection, and Reporting and Compliance offerings. Lumension is known for providing world-class customer support and services 24x7, 365 days a year. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Lumension has operations worldwide, including Virginia, Utah, Florida, Texas, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, France, Australia, India, Hong Kong and Singapore. Lumension: IT Secured. Success Optimized.™ More information can be found at www.lumension.com.

Lumension, Lumension Patch and Remediation, Lumension Vulnerability Management Solution, "IT Secured. Success Optimized." and the Lumension logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lumension Security, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Contact Information