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FreshAddress Wins ECOA Patent

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NEWTON, Mass. -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted FreshAddress, Inc., a patent for the technology behind its email change-of-address service for both businesses and consumers.

Formally called a "System for Storing and Retrieving Old and New Electronic Identifiers," the patent covers the ECOA service FreshAddress offers business clients to keep mailing lists up to date and the underlying technology for consumer users who can search for lost contacts or update their own email addresses.

Four Massachusetts inventors -- FreshAddress CEO Bill Kaplan, Austin Bliss, Robert Mack and Mark Rosenstein -- filed for the patent in 1999, the year FreshAddress began business.

For more on FreshAddress and its services, which include email appending, correction and real-time validation, visit the company Web Site.