VANCOUVER, March 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - Absolute® Software Corporation (TSX: ABT), the industry standard for persistent endpoint security and management solutions for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, today announced it has received a favorable court ruling in patent litigation against World Computer Security Corp. and Front Door Software Corp. The court construed the disputed terms favorably to Absolute Software's position.
In February 2014, the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division) issued a ruling that interpreted the claims of Absolute's United States patents 6,244,758 and 6,300,863. These patents cover different aspects of an agent in an electronic device that transmits location information, such as one or more global communication links, to a remote host. As detailed in the patents, the agent may be programmed to operate automatically, silently and without visual signals, and may also evade detection.
In an attempt to bolster their non-infringement theories, World Computer Security Corp. and Front Door Software Corp. placed particular emphasis on certain terms. First, they sought to limit "one or more of the global network communication links" to the specific "traceroute" functionality, which is only one of many different embodiments described in Absolute's patents. Similarly, they demanded that the "agent" be always stealthy, which represents only a subset of many different embodiments described in the patents. The Court rejected their proposed constructions. The Court has ordered the parties to meet and confer to attempt to settle the case.
"We are pleased by the court's ruling and we remain committed to protecting - and when necessary - taking action to enforce our patent and intellectual property rights," said Errol Olsen, Interim CEO at Absolute Software. "We have invested significant resources to design and market our unique endpoint technology, so it's imperative that we assert our rights whenever we are challenged."Absolute Software currently holds 43 patents within the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Japan, Mexico and Russia, with 118 pending patent applications. About Absolute Software Absolute Software Corporation (TSX: ABT) is the industry standard in persistent endpoint security and management for computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The Company, a leader in device security and management tracking for 20 years, has over 30,000 commercial customers worldwide. Absolute's solutions - Computrace®, Absolute Manage®, Absolute Service, Absolute Secure Drive, and Absolute LoJack® - provide organizations with actionable intelligence to prove compliance, securely manage BYOD, and deliver comprehensive visibility and control over all of their devices and data. Absolute is positioned on two Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrants - the Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools and the Magic Quadrant for Mobile Device Management Software. Absolute is one of only four vendors to be recognized on both Magic Quadrants based on providing customers with the ability to secure and manage many different types of devices using a single solution. Absolute persistence technology is embedded in the firmware of computers, netbooks, tablets and smartphones by global leaders, including Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, Motion, Panasonic, Samsung, and Toshiba, and the Company has reselling partnerships with these OEMs and others, including Apple. For more information about Absolute Software, visit www.absolute.com. This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the expected performance, functionality and availability of our services and products, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact. When used in this press release, the words "plan," "expect," "believe," and similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current expectations. They are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, changes in technology and general market conditions. In light of the many risks and uncertainties you should understand that we cannot assure you that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release will be realized. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as at the date hereof and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.
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