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.
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
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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