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February 13, 2013

WebMD in Hot Water with Infringement Case

WebMD, a popular online symptom diagnosis and health help tool, may be in hot water. MyMedicalRecords, Inc. (known as MMR), subsidiary of MMRGlobal Inc., proclaimed Tuesday that it has filed a complaint of patent infringement against WebMD Health Corp., claiming WebMD has infringed upon MMR's Personal Health Records patent and will hereby be seeking monetary compensation for the violation in addition to a perpetual injunction. 

The claim was filed February 11th, 2013, with the United States District Court for the Central District of California, and may be watched online at the court's website with the case number CV 13-00979 (CAS/JCx).

The case claims that after MMR began meeting with WebMD in 2007, WebMD evolved and began to copy MMR's patented ideas, such as the Personal Health Record, with MMR's patented design of functionality and features. MMR is working alongside the Liner Firm to keep its patents to itself and prevent potential infringement by relevant groups and healthcare providers such as hospitals, physicians, laboratories, and retail pharmacies. 

MMR has seven issued patents in the United States in addition to other applications, continuation applications, and nearly 400 claims, but has both granted and pending patents based across the world. The patents include inventions dealing with Personal Health Records, Electronic Health Records, and Patient Portals. MMR is also known for having biotech patents, dealing with compositions used to fight lymphoma and other diseases, a biotech portfolio that was filed shortly after reverse-merger with Farville, Inc., a biotech company based in San Diego, CA.

MyMedicalRecords, Inc. is known for providing online Personal Health Records and electronic safety deposit box options and serves consumers and many different practitioners in the business of healthcare. Users can access birth certificates, passports, and other important pieces of info easily online with its services, and provides physician’s offices and other medically-based businesses a cost-effective way to keep records and share them with patients using integrated Patient Portals.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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