Qarbon to Pursue Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against eHelp Despite Pending Acquisition by Macromedia

Date : 10/28/2003 @ 10:00AM
Source : PR Newswire (US)

Qarbon to Pursue Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against eHelp Despite Pending Acquisition by Macromedia

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Qarbon to Pursue Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against eHelp Despite Pending Acquisition by Macromedia SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Qarbon.com, Inc. a leading developer of Viewlet(R) technology for creating online animated presentations based in downtown San Jose, today announced that it plans to proceed with its lawsuit filed in Federal Court against eHelp Corporation for infringement of Qarbon's patent for fundamental technology that makes animated Web-based presentations possible. Macromedia announced plans to acquire the San Diego-based company on Wednesday. Qarbon is represented in the suit by the law firm of Carpenter & Kulas LLP, Palo Alto, Calif. The lawsuit, which was filed on September 23, 2003, charges that eHelp infringes upon United States Patent 6,404,441 B1. Qarbon holds exclusive rights to the patent which was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on June 11, 2002. The suit asks the court for both unspecified damages for the infringing activity and for an injunction to force eHelp to cease all future infringement, including manufacturing, use and sale of infringing products. "We believe this suit is necessary to deter eHelp from competing unfairly with us by infringing on our patent with their products," said Patrick LeGranche, chairman and CEO of Qarbon. "We will continue to pursue damages for all past, present and future infringements against our intellectual property." The research team that developed Qarbon's technology was led by Alexandre Chailleux, Qarbon's founder and CTO. The team developed the technology while working on innovative software systems to provide companies with easy-to-use tools to create animated presentations from screen captures. Qarbon's flagship ViewletBuilder product, which creates the animated Viewlets, is used by over 50 percent of Fortune 100 companies and has sold over 1.1 million copies to date. Qarbon (http://www.qarbon.com/) was founded in 1997 by Alexandre Chailleux and Patrick LeGranche. A U.S. patent application was submitted for their pioneering work in 1999. The company concentrates on the development of new visual e-communications technologies and the licensing, marketing and selling of those technologies into worldwide markets. About Qarbon Founded in 1997, Qarbon is the leading publisher of innovative support, training, and presentation software and the originator of patented Viewlet technology. Viewlets are powerful, easily implemented, Flash-enabled, animated presentations that enhance the effectiveness of online marketing, employee training and customer support. With over 20 million Viewlets watched every month and a customer base that includes 51 percent of the Fortune 100, Qarbon is a premier supplier of presentation software to customers in the business, government and education markets worldwide. Visit Qarbon at http://www.qarbon.com/ . NOTE: Qarbon, Viewlet and ViewletBuilder are registered trademarks of Qarbon.com, Inc. Flash is a registered trademark of Macromedia Corporation. DATASOURCE: Qarbon.com, Inc. CONTACT: Kimberly Neher of Qarbon, +1-408-907-7409, or ; or Jennifer Leggio of Dovetail Public Relations, +1-408-395-3600, or , for Qarbon Web site: http://www.qarbon.com/

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