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Carbonite Awarded Patent for its Green Dots

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Boston, MA -- Carbonite, Inc., a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small and medium sized businesses has been awarded its first Patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. USPTO patent number 8,117,163 issued on February 14, 2012 and is titled "Backup and Restore System for a Computer." The patent describes overlay icons which indicate backup status of a user's files and folders. The company's technology helps Carbonite users easily identify which files and folders Carbonite is backing up, as well as the status of their backups.

"When we launched Carbonite in 2006, our founding premise was to make online backup as simple, affordable and accessible as possible for our customers," said Carbonite Chairman and CEO David Friend. "We're excited to have the innovation of our engineering team recognized by the United States Patent Office and that our customers can continue to leverage this technology to make their backup process as easy as possible."

How it Works The colored status dots that appear next to a file or folder as visible on a Carbonite user's computer (desktop, folder lists, etc.)* indicate if a file or folder is backed up, is pending back up or is not selected for back up. With the dots, a user sees the status of each file or folder in their Carbonite backup, including:

A green dot on a file or folder indicates that item has been backed up;

A yellow dot indicates that the file or folder, or even specific items within the folder, have been selected for back up, but that back up is pending or that a recent change to the file has been detected and the file will be backed up again;

A green "donut" on a folder indicates that only some of the folder's files or sub-folders have been marked for back up and that, for those selected files, back up is complete.

"Carbonite users rely on our solutions to safeguard their valuable, often-irreplaceable personal and business files. The simplicity of the green dots helps us to provide them with an easy-to-manage backup process and the reassurance that their files are safe. We feel so strongly in this that we have also unveiled a new company logo this week which visually represents the brand and this unique technology," continued Friend.

This patent marks the first issued to Carbonite in recognition for its industry innovation; the company has 12 other patent applications pending.

*The process is slightly different for Mac users.

About Carbonite

Carbonite, Inc., is a leading provider of online backup solutions for consumers and small and medium sized businesses. Subscribers in more than 100 countries rely on Carbonite to provide easy-to-use, affordable, unlimited and secure online backup solutions with anytime, anywhere data access. Carbonite's online backup solution runs on both the Windows and Mac platforms. The company has backed up nearly 200 billion files, restored more than 7 billion files and currently backs up more than 300 million files each day. For more information, please visit,,, or

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