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NETdelivery Wins Patent for Electronic Content Delivery Technology

NETdelivery Corp., a provider of electronic bill presentment and payment solutions, said it received a patent from the U.S. Patent office for its Electronic Delivery Management technology.

The company developed and patented its EDM technology to enable the delivery of personalized electronic content including bills, invoices, statements, catalogs and other high-value data.

NETdelivery's initial deployment of its EDM technology is focused on electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP).

"The formal granting of the EDM patent, and the supporting 41 claims, is a major milestone for NETdelivery. This patent has broad implications for electronic delivery markets including business, governments and consumers," said Dave Ladouceur, NETdelivery's chief technology officer.

"The patent applies to the emerging 'invited pull' technology pioneered by NETdelivery as well as the more traditional broadcast-based push technologies," he said.

NETdelivery will offer a license program for existing and future users of the EDM technology, which provides a new manner of encoding, transmitting, receiving, and decoding information over any electronic network.

In addition, the product provides an efficient method for transmitting URLs over the Internet so the receiver of the URL can quickly and easily view the corresponding information.

EDM is network independent and provides a variety of client delivery platforms: to a Web site, to an e-mail address or to an intelligent client. It includes automatic scheduling of electronic deliveries and payments, certified delivery, audit trails and the ability to pay any bill electronically, the firm said.

Clients include Canada Post Corp, which, in a joint project with Cebra Inc. (a subsidiary of the Bank of Montreal), has chosen NETdelivery as the primary technology provider to establish an Electronic Post Office Box EPOB for every citizen and business in Canada.

Privately held NETdelivery also has strategic relationships with International Billing Services and MCI-Systemhouse.