CALGARY, Alberta and LONDON, Nov. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — INTERBIT LTD. (TSX Venture: IBIT) (the “Company”) announces that Dominic McCann has made the decision to depart the Company, resigning from his positions as CEO and a director of the Company with immediate effect.
Said Mr. McCann, “Given the focus on the strategic review of the InterbitTM platform and patenting strategy, I have made the decision to utilize my commercial experience and pursue new opportunities outside InterbitTM. It has been a tremendous privilege leading this company and I thank our shareholders and the Interbit Board for the opportunity and ongoing support. I wish InterbitTM every success for the future and look forward to working with InterbitTM management on a smooth transition.”
The Board of Directors of the Company thanks Mr. McCann for his leadership and dedication to the Company these past two and a half years.
Mr. Brian Hinchcliffe, Executive Chairman, who has been with the Company since inception, will take over as Chief Executive Officer of the Company for the time being.
As previously reported, the Company has already filed an expedited examination request in the United States for its Chainception patent application, and expects initial feedback in early 2020. The Company will shortly file expedited examination requests in the United States for its Hypervisor, Hyperconvergence and Payload Layer applications, with similar requests related to its Chain Joining and Side Effects applications expected to follow after additional consideration is completed for those applications.
The Company is also in the process of filing national phase applications in China for all six of its PCT applications. While the Company has always recognized the importance of the Chinese market in respect of enterprise blockchain adoption and applications, the recent announcement by the Chinese President declaring the use and accelerated development of blockchain technology to be a national priority, has galvanized the Company’s commitment to its patent strategy and caused it to accelerate the timeline for seeking the aforementioned patents in China.
As previously announced, the Company has filed for six provisional patents in the United States and related Patent Cooperation Treaty (“PCT”) applications for its InterbitTM platform directed at:
“Chain Joining” – method and system for facilitating data transfer between blockchains,
“Hypervisor” – virtualization technology for blockchains.
“Chainception” –the process of hosting a new blockchain using an existing blockchain node.
“Hyperconvergence” – controlling resources attached to other Interbit blockchains.
“Payload Layer” – storing multiple Gbytes of data in conjunction with a blockchain.
“Side Effects” – allowing the blockchain to interact with sensors and other hardware in a distributed blockchain denominated manner.
Patentability opinions have been received for all of the Company’s PCT applications, and the Company is seeking a revised opinion in respect of certain claims in the Chain Joining PCT application.
Strategic Review Update
Finally, in connection with the Service Agreement entered into with Xinova, LLC (see the Company’s July 11, 2019 and Sept. 24, 2019 press releases) that included a review and audit of the Company’s InterbitTM platform code and design, that review by Xinova has commenced and has been redefined in its scope to include a review of the functionality of the InterbitTM platform and how such functionality may be applied to the CitizenOS smart cities initiatives (see the Company’s November 29, 2018 and July 22, 2019 press releases).
Additional development activity on the InterbitTM platform is pending the direction and outcome of this review.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
The Company owns and is developing proprietary technologies and is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange.
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Brian Hinchcliffe, CEO
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