LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF) ("MMR") today announced that through its wholly owned subsidiary, MyMedicalRecords, Inc., the Company has received a Notice of Allowance from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for Application Number 2,615,128 directed toward its "Method and System for Providing Online Medical Records." This adds to the Company's international footprint where it has patents issued, pending, and applied for in 13 countries of commercial interest which, in addition to the United States, currently include Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel and various European nations. The Company began receiving the first of its North American patents with seven issued in the U.S. starting in 2011, Mexico was added in April 2012, and now Canada based on today's announcement. MMRGlobal is a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs), MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions and MMRPro document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals. The Company's health IT patent portfolio, which is separate from its biotech intellectual property assets, involves inventions pertaining to Personal Health Records, Patient Portals and other Electronic Health Record systems.
"I am very excited about Canada becoming part of our international footprint," said Robert H. Lorsch, MMRGlobal CEO. "It was clear at last week's HIMSS Conference in New Orleans (http://blog.mmrglobal.com) that this year's focus in health IT is all about patient engagement and interoperability. With patents in 13 countries around the world, a joint venture agreement in China, and Meaningful Use Stage 2 being implemented here in the U.S., MMR's Personal Health Record is uniquely positioned to be the global go anywhere brand. Also evident coming out of HIMSS was that the biggest players in the world are collaborating on ways to place PHRs in the hands of the patient, and as they do, MMR is positioned to be in the middle of it all as most roads appear to run through MMR's IP."
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, "The Canadian allowance includes 40 claims that correspond with numerous claims already granted in the U.S. In addition to offering its own products, MMR has licensed its health information technology patents to a growing number of companies. The resulting Canadian patent will assist in driving further licensing efforts in Canada or as part of international or worldwide licenses."
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