LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/12/13 -- MyMedicalRecords, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF) (collectively, "MMR"), today announced the filing of a complaint for patent infringement against WebMD Health Corp. and its wholly owned subsidiary, WebMD Health Services Group, Inc. ("WebMD"). The complaint alleges that WebMD is infringing on MMR's Personal Health Records patents including U.S. Patent No. 8,301,466, and as a result, MMR is seeking monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, case number CV 13-00979 (CAS/JCx), on February 11, 2013, and will be available on the court's website http://www.pacer.gov/.
The complaint alleges that WebMD provides health information services to consumers and healthcare providers, as well as employers and health plans through both their private and public portals. The public portal, such as the one accessible at www.webmd.com, also allows consumers to review a variety of health and wellness information. Starting in 2007, MyMedicalRecords began meeting with WebMD. At that time, WebMD's private patient portal, called WebMD Health Manager, allowed patients to enter certain health information into an account and run a self-assessment. Since that time, WebMD has changed WebMD Health Manager into an integrated, untethered and consumer-controlled Personal Health Record (PHR), incorporating features and functionality that are the subject of MMR's patents.
With the assistance of the Liner firm, MMR is pursuing efforts to monetize its patent portfolio and other IP by investigating potential infringement of MMR's patents by entities such as retail pharmacies, EHR and PHR vendors, laboratory systems, hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare professionals.
MMR is a leading provider of Personal Health Records, MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions, and MMRPro document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals. The MMR Patent Portfolio includes seven issued U.S. patents as well as additional applications and continuation applications including nearly 400 claims. MMR also has been granted patents and has other pending applications in countries of commercial interest including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel, and European nations. The patents involve inventions pertaining to Personal Health Records, Patient Portals and other Electronic Health Record systems.
Additionally, MMR holds biotech patents which, among other things, pertain to the manufacturing of compositions for B-cell vaccines used in the fight against lymphoma, and also anti-CD20 antibodies. MMR's biotech patent portfolio, which was acquired through its 2009 reverse merger with San Diego-based biotech company Favrille, Inc., currently includes three U.S. patents (U.S. Patent numbers 6,911,204, 8,114,404 and 8,133,486) four U.S. pending patent applications, and numerous additional patents and patent applications globally, as well as other IP which is the subject of 13 million dollars in licensing agreements.
For additional information regarding the MyMedicalRecords, Inc. complaint against WebMD, contact Ted Ward at Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP at (310) 500-3384.
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. The Company'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, the Company 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 the Company's products and services at www.mmrtheater.com.
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