LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/13 -- MMRGlobal, Inc. (OTCQB: MMRF), through its wholly owned subsidiary MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (collectively, "MMR"), today announced that it has received a Notice of Allowance ("NOA") from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 13/714,720 entitled, "Method for Providing a User with a Service for Accessing and Collecting Prescriptions." The patent will have 28 claims which include but are not limited to the ability of consumers, patients, physicians and other healthcare professionals to electronically send prescriptions to a pharmacy, access prescriptions from a pharmacy, schedule prescription refills, send reminders regarding prescription refills including by text or email, and identify adverse drug interactions by analyzing prescription medications. MMR believes that these claims are relevant to pharmacies, vendors and others that provide online access to their customers for accessing and managing their prescriptions. MMR is a leading provider of Personal Health Records (PHRs) for patients and MyEsafeDepositBox storage solutions, and electronic document management and imaging systems for healthcare professionals. The NOA represents a significant addition to MMR's existing U.S. patent portfolio which will include eight U.S. health information technology patents with more than 400 claims.
According to Robert H. Lorsch, MMRGlobal CEO, "Today's development is one chapter in my version of MMR's Never Ending Story. MMR's patent strategy is to continue to expand its portfolio to cover our ongoing developments in technology, which will increase licensing opportunities and value to existing licensees who benefit when new patents are granted. MMR already has numerous additional HIT patent applications pending. MMR also plans to continue to file continuation patent applications directed to expanding claims in selected markets such as pharmacies, Personal Health Records, and patient portals, amongst others."
John Goodhue of McKee Voorhees & Sease, MMR's patent attorneys since the inception of the filing of its HIT patents, stated, "The 28 additional claims from the 'Prescription Management' NOA announced today are directed toward online access and management of prescriptions and should increase the value of MMR's intellectual property, specifically as it pertains to current efforts to license hospitals, major retail pharmacies, mass merchandisers with pharmacies inside, and others."
In addition to what will be eight issued U.S. patents, MMR's health information technology patent portfolio also includes 21 other pending U.S. applications in addition to issued patents and pending applications in other countries of commercial interest including Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Mexico, Japan, Canada, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Israel, and European nations.
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