The long running legal dispute between PhishMe and Wombat Security Technologies over alleged patent infringements has now been resolved. PhishMe had filed multiple complaints against Wombat Security Technologies over alleged patent infringements due to the similarities between the latter’s technology and those developed and protected by patents held by PhishMe.
Litigation was taking place in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and proceedings were pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
PhishMe is a major innovator in the field of phishing threat management, and in 2016, held more than a dozen patents for its proprietary anti-phishing technology. Those patents cover PhishMe Reporter, benchmarking results, sequential phishing messages, and privacy for campaign email addresses.
In the summer of 2016, PhishMe initiated an intellectual property enforcement action against Wombat Security Technologies over the alleged infringement of U.S. Patent No. 9,356,948, which covered PhishMe Reporter. A second intellectual property enforcement action was filed for the alleged infringement of U.S. Patent Nos. 9,591,017 and 9,674,221.
PhishMe claimed that the phishing threat detection and analysis solutions developed by Wombat Security Technologies, specifically ThreatSim, PhishAlarm, and PhishAlarm Analyzer, illegally used patented technology developed by PhishMe.
Last week, PhishMe announced that the patent disputes with Wombat Security Technologies have now been settled and the claims at issue at the United States District Court for the District of Delaware have been dropped. PhishMe has also terminated proceedings at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
As part of the settlement, PhishMe has granted a license to Wombat Security Technologies to use the PhishMe patents that were the subject of the litigation.