ATLANTA, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --InComm, a leading prepaid product and transaction services company, announced today that a jury in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin returned a unanimous verdict last week finding Blackhawk Network liable for infringing two claims of InComm's U.S. Patent No. 7,578,439, entitled "System and Method for Authorizing Stored Value Card Transactions." The jury further awarded InComm approximately $3.5 million in damages as a result of Blackhawk's repeated use of InComm's patented computer system and method over the past two years.
After apologizing to the jury for its behavior, Blackhawk, which describes itself as "not a technology company," announced that it had begun taking steps to remove the infringing source code, and thus the related computer program capabilities, from its platform immediately following the infringement verdict. InComm will now seek a permanent injunction prohibiting Blackhawk from further infringement for the remaining life of its patent.
InComm continues to grow its patent portfolio, which currently includes over 110 patents worldwide relating to stored value card processing technologies and related fields, and will continue to vigorously enforce its rights.
InComm is an industry leading marketer, distributor and technology innovator of stored-value gift and prepaid products using its state-of-the-art point-of-sale transaction technology and payment solutions to revolutionize retail product sales and customer experiences. With approximately $15 billion in retail sales transactions processed in 2011, InComm is the nation's largest provider of gift cards, prepaid wireless products, reloadable debit cards, digital music downloads, content, games, software and bill payment solutions. InComm partners with consumer brand leaders around the world to provide approximately 250,000 retail locations the products and services their customers demand. Since 1992, InComm's patented technologies have made the buying process easier for consumers, while streamlining the selling process for product and retail partners. InComm is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Australia/New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Oregon, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. To learn more about InComm, visit www.incomm.com or call (800) 352-3084.