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InnerWorkings Continues its Quest to be a Big Player

Since 2001, InnerWorkings has been swiftly growing and trying to position itself to overhaul the print procurement world. The future does appear bright for the Chicago-based company; however, it still has to work against established trends in printing and angle itself to be different - even revolutionary - from its competition.


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Stacey Skotzko is a journalist in Washington, DC, and reports on various aspects of Congress for Congressional Quarterly and Congress.org. She has lived in the nation’s capitol since 2008 and is originally from the Chicago suburbs. She graduated from Miami University of Ohio with degrees in journalism and international studies.


By Clint Bolte on Apr 27, 2011

Several of the Internet-based Print Procurement services claim unique and proprietary capability as evidenced by the Patents that they have been issued.

If this were true, then these competitors would have to be paying Patent royalties to the holders/assignees.

A follow on article highlighting the features of the Patents and responses from the array of competitors would be most interesting.


By Joseph Patterson on May 02, 2011

It may be coincidental, but Mr. Bolte's query about the enforcement of patents in the print procurement field with respect to Innerworkings could not be timelier. I cannot speak for other patent holders, but here at e-LYNXX we take out intellectual property seriously. This is why we recently filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Federal Court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania entitled e-LYNXX Corporation v. Innerworkings et al., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-02535-CCC (filed December 14, 2010).

The e-LYNXX patent portfolio includes U.S. Patent Nos. 6,397,197; 7,451,106; 7,788,143; and Continuing Application 12/885,423. This thicket of patents covers all custom goods and services, not just printing. These patents protect the technology of automated vendor selection that is integral to e-commerce systems.

e-LYNXX has an active patent licensing program with numerous licensees that include users of procurement systems and providers of e-commerce services.

The Innerworkings law suit is proceeding expeditiously, and we anticipate a favorable decision in due course. Stay tuned.

Anthony Hawks
Chief Legal Officer
e-LYNXX Corporation


By Kevin Crawford on May 27, 2011

Mr. Hawks,

I am interested in your comment about e-LYNXX's lawsuit against Innerworkings proceeding expeditiously. Can you please provide some more information about this?

Thanks, Kevin.



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