Personal Health Record (PHR) patent holder and penny-stock company MMRGlobal [TA 10 Feb] continues to keep law firms in the US, Australia and now Singapore very busy with various complaints of patent infringement, demanding monetary damages, a permanent injunction and presumably, a lucrative licensing deal. Last week, MMRG filed in US District Court, Central District of California against health giant WebMD for their online PHR, claiming that from meetings dating back to 2007, WebMD incorporated “features and functionality that are the subject of MMR’s patents”. Today’s MMRG press release now highlights the Singapore Ministry of Health (with associated health agencies), which MMRG alleges uses PHR vendors which violate various patents–which just happen to be owned by MMRG in Singapore. The Singapore Government’s alleged violations were ‘discovered’ as a result of the investigation of neighbor Australia’s Nehta’s alleged patent infringements. In the same press release, MMRG claims that Nehta’s and their attorneys have spoken; MMRG has “suggested entering into an agreement to exchange documents to facilitate an informal resolution to this matter for the benefit of all parties” (no confirmation by Nehta on either so far). Now both Singapore and Australia are not in the courts yet; in fact, MMRG is openly inviting Nehta to a meeting at the 2013 HIMSS Conference starting 3 March in New Orleans to resolve this. (This Editor wonders whether Nehta will take them up on the offer.) Certainly MMRG’s aggressive tactics of lawsuit and serving notice by press release in defending their patent portfolio is unusual in the health tech area.