LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/13/12 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF) ("MMR"), a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and MMRPro document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals, today announced that it has received another Notice of Allowance, U.S. Serial No. 13/352,045, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The NOA includes 27 claims that expand the Company's "Method and System for Providing Online Medical Records," including methods relating to how patients request medical information from hospitals and physicians. The NOA is in addition to the Company's five patents issued by the USPTO including U.S. Patent Nos. 8,121,855; 8,117,646; 8,117,045; 8,301,466 and 8,321,240, as well as another Notice of Allowance, U.S. Serial No. 13/352,068, issued earlier this month. MMR's patent portfolio also includes numerous other issued patents and pending applications in countries of commercial interest around the world including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Israel, and European nations.
The Company's patents and Notices of Allowance also contain claims directed to Web-based services that provide access to and collect health records from service providers, including, but not limited to, retail pharmacies and laboratory systems as well as hospitals, physicians and other healthcare professionals using email, facsimile, uploads, and voice. Claims in newly allowed applications also relate to collecting insurance information, appointment and medication reminders and other features that are already included in MMR's MyMedicalRecords.com PHR.
According to John Goodhue at McKee, Voorhees & Sease (www.ipmvs.com), the Company's patent prosecution counsel since the filing of MMR's first patent applications in 2005, "Recent activity in health information technology, including litigation, evidences the significant awareness, interest and value in health IT patents which should increase as the industry approaches the 2014 requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2 and continues to mature. The Company believes that this most recent Notice of Allowance when combined with the Company's existing patents could make it difficult for eligible healthcare professionals to fully qualify for incentives under the HITECH Act without a license from MMR since one of the requirements is to provide patients access to their personal health information through a Web-based portal or PHR."
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