EasyLink Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against J2 Global Communications, Inc.
NORCROSS, Ga., March 22, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- EasyLink Services International Corporation ("EasyLink" or "Company") (Nasdaq:ESIC) ( www.easylink.com), a global provider of comprehensive messaging services and e-commerce solutions, today announced that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against j2 Global Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:JCOM). The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, alleges that j2 Global ("j2") infringes U.S. Patent No. 5,872,640 entitled "Facsimile Form Generation System" and U.S. Patent No. 7,804,823 entitled "Systems and Methods for Communicating Documents Via an Autonomous Multi-Function Peripheral Device."
EasyLink is seeking monetary damages for past infringement, injunctive relief prohibiting j2 from continuing to infringe the patents, among other remedies.
In addition, EasyLink continues to vigorously defend itself in a patent infringement case filed by j2 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ("the Court"). As recently announced by j2, the Court issued a Markman ruling that addressed the meaning of certain disputed claim terms in one of the three patents it asserted against EasyLink. However, the Court has not issued a Markman ruling in the other two asserted patents. In addition, j2 has sought permission to amend its complaint to add an additional patent claim against EasyLink ("the '066 patent"). The Court has not yet ruled on that issue. Because the '066 patent was not previously asserted against EasyLink, EasyLink did not participate in the claim construction process for that patent and will seek an independent opportunity to do so if necessary.Most importantly, the Court's recent Markman ruling did not address any issues of infringement and validity and did not limit any of EasyLink's defenses against these claims. "We remain confident in our position that EasyLink does not infringe any valid patent rights of j2, and we look forward to the opportunity to present our defenses to the Court and, if necessary, to a jury," said Thomas J. Stallings, Chief Executive Officer of EasyLink.
Select the service that is right for you!COMPARE ALL SERVICES
Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.
- $2.5+ million portfolio
- Large-cap and dividend focus
- Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
- Weekly roundups
Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.
- Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
- Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
- A custom stock screener
- Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.
- Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
- Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
- Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.
- Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
- Intraday commentary & news
- Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.
- 100+ monthly options trading ideas
- Actionable options commentary & news
- Real-time trading community
- Options TV