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ITUS Subsidiary Receives Favorable Ruling in Microsoft Patent Dispute
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
ITUS Corporation (“ITUS”) (OTCQB: ITUS), a company that builds and protects innovation, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Secure Web Conference Corporation (“SWCC”), received a favorable ruling from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) in an inter parties review proceeding in connection with one of SWCC's Key Based Web Conferencing Encryption patents (U.S. Pat. No. 6,856,687). The USPTO denied Microsoft’s attempt to invalidate the ‘687 patent, which is part of a family of encryption patents developed in-house at ITUS.
Robert Berman, ITUS's President and CEO stated, "The inter parties review process is relatively new, and there have not been a lot of instances where the USPTO has declined to grant a petition based upon allegations such as those asserted by Microsoft. We are extremely encouraged by this result, which we believe is a testament to the skill of our legal team, and the quality of our patent.”
An inter parties review is a proceeding created by the America Invents Act, in which a defendant has the opportunity to request that the USPTO review a patent’s validity. Denials of an inter parties review petitions are rare, with more than 75% of all petitions being granted thus far. SWCC has a patent infringement lawsuit pending against Microsoft in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging infingement of Microsoft’s SKYPE and Lync, web conferencing services. A claims constructuion hearing in the patent infringement lawsuit took place on September 23, 2014.
About ITUS Corporation
ITUS develops and acquires patented technologies for the purposes of patent monetization and patent assertion. The company currently has 10 patent portfolios in the areas of Key Based Web Conferencing Encryption, Encrypted Cellular Communications, E-Paper® Electrophoretic Display, Nano Field Emission Display ("nFED"), Micro Electro Mechanical Systems Display ("MEMS"), Loyalty Conversion Systems, J-Channel Window Frame Construction, VPN Multicast Communications, Internet Telephonic Gateway, and Enhanced Auction Technologies. Additional information is available at www.ITUScorp.com.
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