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Patent success for proprietary patching technology

Lumension Security : 13 August, 2009  (Company News)
Lumension has reached a successful conclusion to patenting issues on its patching technology with confirmation from Patent and Trademark Office
Lumension has announced that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued an Action Closing Prosecution confirming all existing claims of Lumension's US patent to its proprietary patching technology. In addition, the US District Court for the District of Arizona has granted Lumension's request and lifted its stay on related Lumension/Shavlik litigation. Outlined below are specifics regarding the events:

* On May 12, 2009, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("PTO") issued an Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate to Lumension Security, Inc., stating that more than 50 claims of Lumension's U.S. patent relating to its proprietary patching technology (U.S. Patent No. 6,990,660, or the " '660 Patent") are considered patentable, as amended.
* On May 19, Shavlik Technologies, LLC ("Shavlik") filed an Inter Partes reexamination request with the PTO, asking the PTO to reexamine the Lumension patent. This was the second reexamination request filed by Shavlik, and was filed after the first reexamination had successfully concluded for Lumension on May 12, 2009, as stated above.
* On July 24, 2009, the PTO granted the Inter Partes reexamination request, but simultaneously issued an Action Closing Prosecution where all existing claims of the '660 patent (i.e., reexamined claims 1-5, 8-23, 25-48 and 51-61) were confirmed as being patentable.
* On July 27, 2009, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona lifted its stay on the related Lumension/Shavlik litigation and gave the parties a period of time within which to meet and confer prior to setting a scheduling conference.

"I am pleased to see that the U.S. Patent Office agrees, now for a third time, that our proprietary patching technology is patentable," said Pat Clawson, Chairman and CEO of Lumension. "The U.S. District Court also lifted its stay on our pending litigation, giving us the opportunity to aggressively protect our intellectual property. Our IP is an important piece of our leadership in the vulnerability management market, and we will defend it vigorously."

Lumension's Patch and Remediation products are currently used by companies worldwide to prevent security breaches from occurring within corporate IT networks and endpoints. Lumension Patch and Remediation technology is a component of the company's vulnerability management solution suite, which helps IT professionals proactively manage and automate their vulnerability management process in order to prevent malware from infiltrating or attacking vital corporate data.
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