TecSec, Inc. Prevails in Patent Dispute With Protegrity, Inc.

Protegrity's Secure.Data Found to Infringe TecSec's Object-Oriented

Cryptography Patent



Apr 12, 2001, 01:00 ET from TecSec, Incorporated

    VIENNA, Va., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- TecSec(R), Inc., the inventor of a
 pioneering process for performing object-oriented encryption, announced today
 that it has prevailed in its claim that the Secure.Data(TM) product sold by
 Protegrity(R), Inc., headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, infringes
 TecSec's Distributed Cryptographic Object Method(TM) (DCOM) patent.
     The pioneer DCOM patent, issued to TecSec in 1994, defines methods for
 providing multi-level, multimedia security by encrypting nested objects
 (objects within other objects) and providing an access hierarchy to these
 objects.  Protegrity's Secure.Data product extends database security by
 providing object level encryption for a variety of multimedia databases,
 including Oracle's 8i(TM), IBM's DB2(R) and Microsoft(R)'s SQL Server(TM).
     In October 2000, TecSec filed suit against Protegrity in the United States
 District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia alleging that Protegrity's
 Secure.Data product infringes the DCOM patent.  In January 2001, Protegrity
 suggested that the dispute be decided in a summary bench trial before a patent
 attorney of national stature.  The parties agreed upon a senior partner in one
 of the nation's largest law firms as the arbiter.  Following six weeks of
 legal briefing, plus oral argument on the issues of claim construction,
 infringement, and patent validity, the arbiter ruled in favor of TecSec,
 finding that the Secure.Data product infringes TecSec's DCOM patent.
     TecSec has now re-filed its suit against Protegrity following unsuccessful
 attempts at a settlement.  TecSec Chairman John Petty said, "I am very
 disappointed Protegrity remains unwilling to seek an appropriate business
 settlement at this time, especially given that TecSec first alerted Protegrity
 to this matter in 1999.  While settlement remains TecSec's preference, we will
 seek an injunction request against Protegrity upon an anticipated court ruling
 in favor of TecSec.  We have an unambiguous policy of vigorously protecting
 our intellectual capital."
     Protegrity's business and technology partners include Oracle, Microsoft,
 IBM, Informix, and Sybase.
     TecSec, Incorporated is a privately held information security and access
 management company.  The company holds numerous patents in the information
 technology market space and is in the process of rolling out products enabled
 by its fifth generation Constructive Key Management(R) (CKM)(R) technology.
 TecSec provides technology solutions and applications targeted to enterprises
 that must meet stringent privacy requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
 (GLBA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
 TecSec technology is central to the U.S. Postal Service's CKM enabled(TM)
 NetPost.Certified(TM) service and was recently selected by the Health Care
 Financing Administration (HCFA) to provide Privacy and Confidentiality
 products and services to HCFA and health care providers in the Medicare and
 Medicaid markets.  TecSec was founded in 1990 by Ed Scheidt, the company's
 chief scientist.  For more information about TecSec, Incorporated, please
 visit http://www.tecsec.com .
 
 

SOURCE TecSec, Incorporated
    VIENNA, Va., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- TecSec(R), Inc., the inventor of a
 pioneering process for performing object-oriented encryption, announced today
 that it has prevailed in its claim that the Secure.Data(TM) product sold by
 Protegrity(R), Inc., headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, infringes
 TecSec's Distributed Cryptographic Object Method(TM) (DCOM) patent.
     The pioneer DCOM patent, issued to TecSec in 1994, defines methods for
 providing multi-level, multimedia security by encrypting nested objects
 (objects within other objects) and providing an access hierarchy to these
 objects.  Protegrity's Secure.Data product extends database security by
 providing object level encryption for a variety of multimedia databases,
 including Oracle's 8i(TM), IBM's DB2(R) and Microsoft(R)'s SQL Server(TM).
     In October 2000, TecSec filed suit against Protegrity in the United States
 District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia alleging that Protegrity's
 Secure.Data product infringes the DCOM patent.  In January 2001, Protegrity
 suggested that the dispute be decided in a summary bench trial before a patent
 attorney of national stature.  The parties agreed upon a senior partner in one
 of the nation's largest law firms as the arbiter.  Following six weeks of
 legal briefing, plus oral argument on the issues of claim construction,
 infringement, and patent validity, the arbiter ruled in favor of TecSec,
 finding that the Secure.Data product infringes TecSec's DCOM patent.
     TecSec has now re-filed its suit against Protegrity following unsuccessful
 attempts at a settlement.  TecSec Chairman John Petty said, "I am very
 disappointed Protegrity remains unwilling to seek an appropriate business
 settlement at this time, especially given that TecSec first alerted Protegrity
 to this matter in 1999.  While settlement remains TecSec's preference, we will
 seek an injunction request against Protegrity upon an anticipated court ruling
 in favor of TecSec.  We have an unambiguous policy of vigorously protecting
 our intellectual capital."
     Protegrity's business and technology partners include Oracle, Microsoft,
 IBM, Informix, and Sybase.
     TecSec, Incorporated is a privately held information security and access
 management company.  The company holds numerous patents in the information
 technology market space and is in the process of rolling out products enabled
 by its fifth generation Constructive Key Management(R) (CKM)(R) technology.
 TecSec provides technology solutions and applications targeted to enterprises
 that must meet stringent privacy requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act
 (GLBA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
 TecSec technology is central to the U.S. Postal Service's CKM enabled(TM)
 NetPost.Certified(TM) service and was recently selected by the Health Care
 Financing Administration (HCFA) to provide Privacy and Confidentiality
 products and services to HCFA and health care providers in the Medicare and
 Medicaid markets.  TecSec was founded in 1990 by Ed Scheidt, the company's
 chief scientist.  For more information about TecSec, Incorporated, please
 visit http://www.tecsec.com .
 
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