Arizona Courts Settle E-Filing System IP Issue

     PHOENIX (CN) - Settling an open-source dispute over its court-filing system, an Arizona agency has extended a four-year e-filing contract with a California vendor.
     The Arizona Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) has licensed TurboCourt, the flagship product of San Mateo, Calif.-based Intresys, since 2009.
     In an August 2013 federal complaint, however, the AOC claimed that Intresys was improperly claiming copyright ownership over service definitions and exchange schema that the AOC claims are open source and part of the public domain.
     Intresys allegedly threatened the AOC and any vendor that sought to deliver a new e-filing system for the Arizona Judicial Department with legal action.
     The AOC said it had repeatedly explained its right to use the materials, but that Intersys "has persisted in asserting rights that do not exist and has impeded the ability of AOC to contract with other vendors and further develop the AOC electronic filing system" in the Request for Proposal.
     Resolving this dispute, the agency announced on Dec. 10 that it had reached its third contract extension with Intresys, a deal that should last through June 2019.
     "As part of the contract extension, there has also been an amicable resolution of the intellectual property issues between the parties," AOC said in a statement.
     The statement also notes that "the TurboCourt system has operated successfully in Arizona with virtually no interruptions of service since 2010. Both the court and Intresys are very proud of the success of their e-filing program."