Canadian e-commerce company DE Technologies has been granted a second patent over international e-commerce activities and hails the patent as being “very significant”.
DE Technologies and its founder, Ed Pool, came to prominence locally in June 2003 after choosing to enforce his original patent in New Zealand. DE Technologies claimed it was owed $10,000 licensing fees and royalties from 15 local e-commerce companies. Last year DE Technologies sued Dell Computer in the US where the patent had also been granted.
Pool has now been granted a second patent in the US. The new patent covers the electronic management of complex international trade logistics, according to a DE Technologies statement.
“We are very pleased that after nearly five years of additional scrutiny and review the US Patent Office has agreed for a second time that DE Technologies invented the computer process to electronically manage and process the complex elements of international trade logistics and transactions,” said Pool.
Pool has not applied for the second patent in New Zealand, however.
"The New Zealand patent was very well written and well prosecuted at IPONZ. The second patent issued in the US brought it more in line with the claim structures as allowed in New Zealand. The new US patent is much broader now in regards to global trade logistics software systems and providers which is the core of the technology."