RPost today announced the US Federal Court in California has now re-affirmed the validity of its US Patent 6182219 by granting RPost’s motion for summary judgment on a counterclaim of invalidity. RPost brought suit against a number of companies in 2011 for infringing some of its 35 patents, the validity of which those defendants challenged.
RPost sued Adobe-Echosign, DocuSign, Swiss Post, Canada Post, Zix Corporation, RightSignature, Farmers Insurance, Telarix, Trustifi, among others, in 2011, alleging infringement of the ‘219 patent and in some cases four additional RPost patents. RPost asked the US Federal Courts in California, Texas and Virginia to issue injunctions to prevent these companies from operating the services that infringe RPost patents. The earliest jury trial dates in these cases have been set for June 2012.
With newfound comfort in decade-old electronic signature and transaction laws, more service providers are looking to enter the market with services that simplify the transition from paper processes to electronic. Since transaction-related messages are involved, savvy companies are looking for the best implementation of technology providing the highest evidential record of who knew what when, who signed what when, as well as what was transmitted and encrypted in compliance with privacy mandates.
“These lawsuits are about disregard for intellectual property rights,” remarked RPost’s CEO Zafar Khan. “It is now not just about going electronic, but doing so in a responsible, legal, and compliant manner. This is where RPost’s decade-old patented Registered Email technologies add value.”
Many companies have opted to work with RPost in a constructive manner and RPost recently opened an Apps Marketplace to showcase the implementation of RPost proprietary technologies integrated into different platforms. However, other companies have opted to simply steal RPost technologies, ignoring RPost’s very clear references to RPost’s patent positions.
“This should serve as a notice to those companies that choose to steal RPost patented technologies and offer them in the market as if they were their own innovations,” adds Khan. “Whether they are commercial operations of big foreign governments or small technology companies looking for a go-to-market short-cut, we will vigorously defend all of our intellectual property, everywhere.”
RPost’s 35 patents granted worldwide have priority over technology dating back to 1995. These patents broadly cover the technologies of verifiable proof for email delivery, value-added outbound email processing, and providing evidentiary records on transactions sent electronically. RPost patents have been granted in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States; with numerous additional patents pending. RPost’s federally registered trademarks include ‘Registered Email®,’ ‘R-Mail®,’ and ‘Legal Proof®,’ among others.