10 Jan 2011

Swiss Post Ignores Settlement; RPost Files New Patent Infringement Suit against Swiss Post

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Swiss Post Actions Put Users and Partners at Risk

Los Angeles, CA — January 10, 2011 — RPost®, the Registered Email® service company, sued Swiss Post in 2010 for patent and trademark infringement. The parties settled under confidential terms.  Swiss Post has ignored key provisions of the settlement, forcing RPost to file a new lawsuit and to once again use the court system to enforce RPost’s patent rights. RPost has asked the US Federal Court to issue an injunction against Swiss Post to prevent further damages.

“We do not understand why the Swiss Government would jeopardize their reputation and image by allowing its executives to operate in this manner,” remarks Zafar Khan, CEO of RPost. “Swiss Post executives’ have no excuse for this blatant infringement of RPost patents.”

RPost’s flagship Registered Email® service has provided senders legally valid, court admissible evidence of email content and delivery since its first US Federal Government customers started using the service commercially in 2003.

A patent right is essentially a contract that an inventor strikes with a government — the inventor agrees to teach others how to practice the invention in exchange for the government’s grant of exclusive rights to that invention for a period of time. Swiss Post has taken RPost’s teachings while ignoring the government’s grant of exclusive rights to RPost technology.  RPost has asked the government to now enforce the rights it granted RPost when issuing the patents.

“Swiss Post appears to believe they are above the law — displaying a total disregard for the intellectual property rights of others. Unfortunately, Swiss Post’s actions put their users, partners and other postal services considering Swiss Post technology at considerable risk,” Khan says. “A word of caution to users and partners of Swiss Post services; we intend to vigorously defend all of our intellectual property, everywhere.”

RPost has business alliances with national postal services.  It has entered into joint ventures with the government postal services of Bermuda, Iceland, Colombia and the Cayman Islands to provide value added email services to their national markets. RPost has continued to innovate and extend its products, which now include leading electronic signature, encryption, and advanced collaboration services that run on the Registered Email service platform.

RPost’s 30 patents granted worldwide have priority over technology dating back to 1996. These patents broadly cover the technologies of verifiable proof for email delivery and value-added outbound email processing.  RPost patents have been granted in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States; with numerous additional patents pending. RPost’s federally registered trademarks include ‘Registered Email®’ and ‘Legal Proof®’, among others.

About RPost:
RPost has set the global standard for proof, privacy, and e-signatures with its flagship Registered Email® message delivery proof, eSignOff® electronic signature, and SecuRmailTM encrypted email services which permit the sender and recipient to prove, sign, secure, record and collaborate with far less cost, time, paper and risk. RPost services have been used daily by the U.S. Government since 2003 and have been endorsed and marketed by most of the influential bar associations in the United States, including those of New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and the District of Columbia. RPost also has worldwide partnerships with innovative postal services, communications and technology platform providers to offer electronic communications, transactions and integrated services. RPost received the 2010 Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers’ top endorsement for its secure encrypted email service. RPost services have been granted 30 patents with worldwide coverage and operate in 8 languages. www.rpost.com

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