Acknowledges 3GPP Role in Establishing World Class Standards
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – April 28, 2011 – VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSE Amex: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, today announced that at the request of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), it has agreed to update its licensing declaration to ETSI under ETSI’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy. This is in response to VirnetX’s March 15, 2011, Statement of Patent Holder identifying a group of its patents and patent applications that VirnetX believes are or may become essential to certain developing specifications in the 3GPP LTE, SAE project.
VirnetX will make available a non-exclusive patent license under FRAND (fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions, with compensation), to 3GPP members desiring to implement the Technical Specifications identified by VirnetX, as set forth in the updated licensing declaration under ETSI’s IPR policy.
“This is a significant event for us and it’s important that we acknowledge ETSI and the members of the 3GPP for their role in establishing the LTE telecommunications standards,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. “Now, VirnetX is uniquely positioned to license its essential security patents to 3GPP members as they move into 4G.”
VirnetX also announces that on April 26, 2011, it has been granted U.S. Patent No. 7,933,990, Network Protocol for Secure Communications with Assured System Availability, by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. This patent is included in the patent family identified in the licensing declaration submitted to ETSI.
VirnetX Holding Corporation is an internet security software and technology company. The Company’s software and technology solutions, including its secure domain name registry and GABRIEL Connection Technology™, are designed to facilitate secure communications and to create a secure environment for real-time communication applications such as instant messaging, VoIP, smart phones, eReaders and video conferencing. The Company’s patent portfolio includes over 48 U.S. and international patents and pending applications. For more information, please visit www.virnetx.com.
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