LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/03/12 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF) ("MMR") today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance, U.S. Serial No. 13/352,068, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office which further expands the Company's "Method and System for Providing Online Medical Records." In short, the most recent allowed application expands MMR's patent portfolio with additional claims directed toward a Web-based service to access and collect health records from different types of service providers, including, but not limited to, retail pharmacies as well as hospitals, providers and other healthcare professionals providing services over the Internet. The health records, including prescriptions, may be collected from service providers using various types of messaging including email, facsimile, uploads, and voice. Moreover, there are additional claims in the newly allowed patent application related to collecting insurance information, calendaring, and other features, which are already provided by MMR's products and services.
According to John Goodhue at McKee, Voorhees & Sease (www.ipmvs.com), patent counsel to the Company since filing of its first patents in 2005, "This is a significant addition to MMRGlobal's health IT patent portfolio because it potentially affects retail establishments that maintain Personal Health Records for customers and fill prescriptions online. The resulting patent will grant further protection to the Company by allowing it to assert legal claims against service providers offering Web-based portals for consumer access to personal health information when those service providers do so in an infringing manner, unless the services are provided by or licensed from the Company."
The Company has sent hundreds of letters to hospitals, healthcare professionals and vendors noticing its health IT patents and other opportunities to utilize MMR's MyMedicalRecords.com and MMRPro service offerings, or to license the Company's patented technology. As MMR prepares for the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, it will expand its efforts to notice major retail pharmacies who have the opportunity to offer the Company's Prepaid Personal Health Record cards or license the Company's IP as part of their online pharmacy programs. Trade associations, particularly hospitals, have responded to the Company with questions which MMR has answered and in several cases have resulted in the beginning of negotiations for licenses of the Company's intellectual property with vendors of EMR services, hospitals and associations.
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