Online healthcare management services provider MMRGlobal sued rival digital health company WebMD over alleged patent infringement.
MMRGlobal claims that WebMD has built relatively new features into its online personal wellness tracking system that infringe on patents covering consumer-controlled personal health records.
"The complaint alleges that WebMD is infringing on MMR’s Personal Health Records patents including U.S. Patent No. 8,301,466, and as a result, MMR is seeking monetary damages as well as a permanent injunction," according to a press release.
MMRGlobal and WebMD began meeting in a few year ago, and since then WebMD has incorporated features into its online patient portal that infringe on MMRGlobal patents, according to the complaint.
When the companies began meeting in 2007 "WebMD’s private patient portal, called WebMD Health Manager, allowed patients to enter certain health information into an account and run a self-assessment," MMRGlobal claims. "Since that time, WebMD has changed WebMD Health Manager into an integrated, untethered and consumer-controlled Personal Health Record (PHR), incorporating features and functionality that are the subject of MMR’s patents."
Official documents for the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, will be available on public reporting databases tomorrow.