Commercial Recovery Corporation Sues American Financial Credit Services, Inc. for Infringement of U.S. Patent 7,167,839

Indianapolis, IN – Commercial Recovery Corporation of Blaine, MN has filed a patent infringement suit in the Southern District of Indiana against American Financial Credit Services, Inc. for infringement of U.S. Patent No. 7,167,839 (“the ‘893 Patent”) which has been registered by the U.S. Patent Office 

Patent attorneys for Commercial Recovery Corporation filed this suit, the latest of six patent suits filed by the Plaintiff since September 2011, alleging infringement of their patented “Collection Agency Data Access Method.”  This patent protects a data-access method which allows secure access to an account database, such as the account database of a collection agency, via a network by affiliated agencies and clients. 

Plaintiff alleges that American Financial Credit Services, Inc. has infringed and continues to infringe on the Plaintiff’s patent by, among other ways, providing clients of collection agencies with secure access to client accounts using methods that infringe on the Patent.  Plaintiff seeks remedies that include an injunction, treble damages, attorneys’ fees and costs. 

Practice Tip: Patents are not granted solely on physical inventions but also on innovations in, among other things, a process or a method.  If you are uncertain whether a process your business utilizes is patented, consult an experienced patent attorney.


This case has been assigned to Judge Sarah Evans Barker and Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker of the Southern District of Indiana, and assigned case no. 1:2013cv00177.

Complaint for Patent Infringement by


Case Number: 1:2013cv00177
Filed: January 31, 2013
Court: Indiana Southern District Court
Office: Indianapolis Office
Presiding Judge: Sarah Evans Barker
Referring Judge: Tim A. Baker
Nature of Suit: Intellectual Property – Patent
Cause: 35:271 Patent Infringement
Jury Demanded By: Plaintiff

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