Declares “RAND” Licensing
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. – March 15, 2011 – VirnetX Holding Corporation (NYSE Amex: VHC), an Internet security software and technology company, today announced that it has submitted a Statement of Patent Holder with the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Standards (ATIS) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), supplementing its prior statement of December 1, 2009, identifying patents and patent applications that may be relevant to the following specifications in the 3GPP LTE, SAE project:
1. 3GPP TS 33.203, “3G security: Access security for IP-based services,” Release 10 or Prior Release
2. 3GPP TS 33.210, “3G Security: Network Domain Security; IP network layer security,” Release 10 or Prior Release
3. 3GPP TS 33.328, “3G Security: IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) media plane security,” Release 10 or Prior Release
4. 3GPP TS 33.141, “3G Security: Presence service; Security,” Release 10 or Prior Release
5. 3GPP TS 33.222, “3G Security: Access to network application functions using Hypertext Transfer Protocol over Transport Layer Security (HTTPS),” Release 10 or Prior Release
VirnetX has indicated that it is willing, upon request, to make available a non-exclusive license under what is commonly referred to as RAND (reasonable terms and conditions that are free of any unfair discrimination) with respect to necessary claims that may issue from VirnetX’s identified patents and patent applications for the above specifications to the extent adopted as a final standard, subject to the conditions set forth in the Statement of Patent Holder.
“This Statement of Patent Holder is a significant step for VirnetX that has come about from our 4G pilot and Secure Domain Name Initiative efforts,” said Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President. “It identifies the 3GPP Series 33 security specifications that we believe our patents and patent applications pertain to. Furthermore, we have announced the availability of our RAND licensing to ATIS and ETSI and are now willing to entertain licensing discussions for these 3GPP security specifications.”
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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