Kount Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against iovation


Company defends its Device Fingerprinting and Proxy Piercing technologies used in detecting online fraud

BOISE, Idaho - Kount Inc. announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Portland-based iovation Inc. The lawsuit accuses iovation of infringing U.S. Patent number 7,330,871 "Online Machine Data Collection and Archiving Process," which describes a method for identifying and physically locating a customer computer involved in an online transaction. Several of iovation's products are specifically mentioned in the lawsuit, including its ReputationManager, Device Reputation Authority, and ReputationShield™ offerings. The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief as well as unspecified damages from iovation for infringing on Kount's device fingerprinting and proxy piercing fraud control technologies.

Issued on February 12, 2008, the '871 patent contains 12 claims supported by specifications filed as early as June of 2000. The claims cover specific methods for detecting perpetrators of fraud online.

"Over the years we've invented numerous technologies to protect online merchants," said Steven W. Rouse, Kount Chief Operating Officer. "The collection of key machine parameters to create a device fingerprint is one of many components of our fraud detection capability."

In addition to device fingerprinting, the claims in the patent cover proxy piercing technology. Proxy piercing is used to geolocate computers users who deploy anonymizing techniques in an attempt to hide their true physical location.

About Kount

Kount® is the most advanced fraud-fighting technology available today. Developed with online and catalog merchant needs in mind, Kount defends against both traditional and emerging fraud threats. Kount defends against online crime using a formidable array of tools including its patented device fingerprinting and proxy piercing technologies.

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