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AppliedE™ Business Method Patent Issued by U.S. Patent Office
Saturday, May 26, 2007
AppliedE™ Patent No. 7,222,293 covers Internet activity recording
East Moriches, NY -- AppliedE™ is pleased to announce that its first patent has been issued as U.S. Patent No. 7,222,293 (search at: http://www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html). This patent is a business method patent that claims and protects a method of automatically recording Internet activity performed by a user on behalf of a client. Business method patents are seldom granted in the U. S., and are only allowed after heightened scrutiny not only by the assigned patent examiner, but also by a panel of senior examiners who have expertise in the particular field of the claimed invention. In this case, the application was examined for over six years; numerous prior art references were cited against the application during the examination process, and the validity of the claims was argued each time. In the end, two sets of claims were allowed and issued which, due to the extensive, rigorous examination they withstood, should carry a stronger presumption of validity than would a patent that was more easily allowed.
The issued claims recite a client session during which Internet activity will be performed. The timing and details of the session are recorded, and an activity record and/or a session bill are generated. These broad claims are applicable to the compliance market, but scope of the claims is farther-reaching and can encompass many other reporting applications. Thus, the patent can be used to enforce appliedE™'s share of markets that it enters while setting up licensing opportunities in other areas, providing revenue even outside the boundaries of its core business.
In addition to the issued patent, appliedE™ has an unrelated patent application that claims product innovations that were implemented after the filing of the issued application. The pending applications have numerous claims directed to Knowledge Archival Systems and Methods and related subject matter. The issued patent, in conjunction with pending applications, were drafted with the goal of maximizing the Intellectual Property coverage available to appliedE™. Applications parallel to the issued application were also filed in the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the European Patent Office. The European application has recently been allowed as well; the Canadian application is still pending with no final indication as to allowability.
AppliedE™ has also filed a continuation patent application in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to push for even broader claims and to claim additional aspects of the invention, as well as to keep a "submarine" pending that can be used against infringers as they are discovered. The continuation application was filed before issuance of the allowed application, and therefore it derives priority based on the filing date of the original application, which is important in overcoming any competing products that have been developed in appliedE™'s wake. A similar continuation is being prepared in anticipation of issuance of the European patent application.
AppliedE™ was founded in 1999 to deliver auditing and recording solutions for legal and regulatory compliance. In May 2003 and 2004, appliedE™'s innovative software was formally recognized at the 7th & 8th Long Island Software Awards (LISA). Both years, PartnerOnline™ received the LISA Award as the "Best Application Service Provider".
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