ATLANTA and LONDON, July 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blancco Technology Group (LON: BLTG), a leading global provider of mobile device diagnostics and secure data erasure solutions, today announced that its U.S. affiliate is actively engaging in a lawsuit against ITRenew Inc. in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California regarding the protection of Blancco Technology Group's patent rights. The lawsuit comes after repeated attempts by Blancco Technology Group to engage in an open, productive discussion to mutually resolve its concerns over potential infringement of Blancco Technology Group's intellectual property.
In the suit, Blancco Technology Group's affiliate refutes ITRenew's claim that the data sanitization product, Teraware, does not infringe Blancco Technology Group's intellectual property, specifically United States Patent No. 9286231 for the unique, secure and verifiable method by which the Blancco 5 product erases data from solid state drives. Dating back to May 17, 2016, Blancco Technology Group has notified ITRenew numerous times of its patent infringement concerns and requested a direct CEO-to-CEO discussion. However, ITRenew made the matter public by asking the court to adjudicate the patent infringement concerns.
"We are actively pursuing this lawsuit for one simple reason: to rigorously defend our intellectual property," said Pat Clawson, CEO, Blancco Technology Group. "After a thorough review of ITRenew's product portfolio, capabilities and marketing materials, we believe the company is knowingly and unlawfully using our patented SSD erasure method to market and sell its data sanitization product, Teraware. ITRenew also makes false claims about our company and our products' ability to permanently erase data from electronic drives in a written case study published on its website. When it appears a company uses our patented erasure method without establishing a licensing arrangement and providing product royalties, we have no other choice but to pursue litigation."
Clawson concluded: "At Blancco Technology Group, originality and innovation are at the core of every product we build and we work extremely hard to create the types of products that deliver the best value to our customers. I stand firm in my conviction to do whatever it takes to protect the integrity of our products, technology and intellectual property."
About Blancco Technology Group
Blancco Technology Group is a leading global provider of mobile device diagnostics and secure data erasure solutions. We help our clients' customers test, diagnose, repair and repurpose IT devices with the most proven and certified software. Our clientele consists of equipment manufacturers, mobile network operators, retailers, financial institutions, healthcare providers and government organizations worldwide. The company is headquartered in Alpharetta, GA, United States, with a distributed workforce and customer base across the globe.
Blancco, a division of Blancco Technology Group, is the global de facto standard in certified data erasure. We provide thousands of organizations with an absolute line of defense against costly security breaches, as well as verification of regulatory compliance through a 100% tamper-proof audit trail.
SmartChk, a division of Blancco Technology Group, is a global innovator in mobile asset diagnostics and business intelligence. We partner with our customers to improve their customers' experience by providing seamless solutions to test, diagnose and repair mobile assets. SmartChk provides world-class support, pre and post implementation, allowing our customers to derive measurable business results.
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