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Humana Inc. and Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P. Settle Patent Lawsuit and Enter into License Agreement


Wednesday, April 8, 2009 6:00 am EDT



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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) and Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P., headquartered in Los Angeles, announced today the settlement of patent litigation between the parties. As part of the settlement, Humana has agreed to pay an undisclosed sum for a nonexclusive license under a comprehensive portfolio of patents that Katz owns relating to interactive voice applications.

The nonexclusive license covers services offered by Humana and its subsidiaries in the “Automated Health Care Services” Field of Use, including customer service provided via automated systems and live agents. Other terms of the license were not disclosed.

The patents held by Ronald A. Katz Technology Licensing, L.P. cover a wide range of interactive technology including automated forms of: customer service, prescription refill services, securities trading, merchandising, prepaid services, telephone conferences, registration, home shopping, as well as functions involved in securing information from databases by telephone, interactive cable transactions, and various other uses of toll free and local numbers.

"We find many of our members and providers prefer to use intuitive, speech recognition-based support services which are made available around the clock. Callers can perform functions such as receiving claim information, ordering ID card replacements, hearing coverage information or finding a nearby pharmacy -- 24 hours a day,” said Brian LeClaire, Humana’s vice president and chief technology officer. “For those who prefer to speak with a Customer Care Specialist, we also have the ability to identify them and present their information to the Specialist at the time the call is answered. Many of the technologies in this portfolio of patents are utilized to make these services more secure and convenient."

“We welcome Humana to the diverse group of leading companies who have purchased license rights under this portfolio,” said Ronald A. Katz.

There are over 275 companies with license rights under this portfolio, including over 45 energy and utility companies. Companies with license rights under this portfolio include: Advanta Corp., Alltel Corporation, American Century, American Express, Ameritrade Holding Corporation, Atmos Energy Corporation, Automatic Data Processing, Inc., AT&T Inc., Avon Products, Inc., Bank of America Corporation, BB&T Corporation, Capital One Services Inc., Certegy Inc., Chevron U.S.A. Inc., Countrywide Financial Corporation, Dell Inc., Delta Air Lines, Inc., Discover Financial Services, Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., Equifax Inc., Express Scripts, First Data Corporation, The Gallup Organization, Hewlett-Packard Company, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Home Shopping Network Inc., Household International, Inc., HSBC Bank USA, ING North America Insurance Corp., International Business Machines (IBM), KeyCorp, LaSalle Bank Corporation, Leap Wireless International, Inc., Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, MCI Inc., Mellon Financial Corporation, Merck & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc., Metris Companies Inc., Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nationwide, New York Life Insurance Company, OppenheimerFunds, Inc., People’s Bank, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., Principal Financial Group, Inc., Prudential Financial, Inc., Qwest Communications International Inc., QVC, Inc., Regions Financial Corporation, Safeway Inc., Sears, Roebuck and Co., Sprint Corporation, SouthTrust Bank, Sunoco, Inc., supervalu inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., United Air Lines, Inc., The Vanguard Group, Inc., Verizon California Inc. and its affiliates, Wachovia Corporation, Walgreen Co., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, WellPoint, Inc., Wells Fargo & Company, West Corporation and Zions Bancorporation.

Mr. Katz is the named inventor on a large number of patents primarily in the fields of telecommunications and computing. He also formed Telecredit, Inc., the nation’s first on-line real time credit and check cashing authorization system, and was awarded a patent as co-inventor of that technology.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.6 million medical members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplemental benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 48-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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