NeoMedia wins Appeal in Europe and has Revoked Patent Reinstated
Boulder, CO, June 18,
2013 – NeoMedia
Technologies, Inc. (OTC BB: NEOM), the pioneer in global mobile barcode
management solutions, today announced that the European Patent Office (EPO) has
overturned on appeal the earlier revocation of its European Patent No.
0832453. This patent, entitled SYSTEM FOR USING ARTICLE OF COMMERCE
TO ACCESS REMOTE COMPUTER, corresponds to NeoMedia’s United States Patents Nos.
6,199,048; 5,978,773; 7,383,209; 7,765,126;
Now that the revocation has been overturned, the EP patent
continues to provide NeoMedia with patent coverage across Europe commensurate
with these United States patents. The EP patent is registered in UK,
Sweden, Austria, France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland.
The EP patent
had been revoked, on purely formal grounds, during an opposition instituted by
five different opponents. Following
appeal by NeoMedia the EPO Board of Appeal overturned that decision and has remitted
the case to the EPO Opposition Division for resolution of remaining issues. Prior to
the original opposition hearing, the EPO issued a preliminary opinion
commenting in NeoMedia’s favor on the issues of novelty and inventive step, and
there is therefore now reason to expect that the outcome will be maintenance of