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August 2017

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Industry consolidation continues

It wasn’t that long ago that Hypercom was acquired by long-term rival Verifone. The $485 million was deal finalised in 2011, bringing Verifone closer to a showdown with France-based Ingenico, as the two leading manufacturers of stand-alone POS terminals.

Here we are in 2017, and Britain-based Worldpay is now getting acquired by Vantiv for $10.4 billion. Vantiv has been on an acquisition spree, having acquired Paymetric, Moneris Solutions, Mercury Payment Systems and Element Payment Systems over the past five years alone.

The combined company will retain the Worldpay name and will process some $1.5 trillion in payments and 40 billion transactions through more than 300 payment methods in 146 countries and 126 currencies, with a combined net revenue of over $3.2 billion.

Sources: U.S. payments firm Vantiv clinches $10 billion deal to buy Worldpay 
Showdown at the POS: Ingenico versus VeriFone 
Verifone acquires Hypercom for $485 million 

January 2015

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Website revamp

3amSystems is pleased to announce a long overdue facelift of its website. The update is aimed at improving the customer experience with a more contemporary and responsive design, while paying attention to performance.

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We found the site analysis service at GTmetrix really helpful, and we're maintaining a pretty mean score, too. We hope you enjoy the result. Happy surfing! http://GTmetrix.com 

September 2013

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China Tech Firms Seek Tools from Malta-based 3amSystems

Following initial contact by telecom chip supplier CML Microcircuits in Hong Kong, a number of mainland Chinese technology firms approached local start-up 3amSystems to adopt its LineScope diagnostic tool. These companies are H3C, Zhejiang Kinstar and Jiangsu SEUIC. Now wholly owned by HP, H3C started out as a joint venture between networking equipment pioneers Huawei and 3Com, while Kinstar and SEUIC are manufacturers that, among other things, make card payment terminals.

3amSystems is an innovative technology start-up based in Malta. Founded by local and US industry veterans, the company provides niche product development services, with core expertise in telecoms, embedded systems and technical software development. Its LineScope product is today an industry standard tool in the payment terminal sector. Originally conceived as an experimental undergraduate project related to obsolete modems, the innovative take on diagnostic features, coupled with the fact that supposedly obsolete modems are still around and causing headaches on both legacy and emerging infrastructures, all pointed to an untapped opportunity. Founder Brian Cauchi was eventually awarded a WIPO Gold Medal for Best Inventor for his work, the first ever to be awarded to a Maltese national in the category.

Rather unusually for a 'made in Malta' product, LineScope was also employed in a patent litigation case in the USA to disprove infringement allegations. Ten companies, including big names such as AOL, Canon and HP, were sued for allegedly infringing patents related to dial-up modem technology. Expert witness for DIRECTV, one of the defendants, used LineScope to assert non‑infringement defences. Acting on compelling evidence, the judge threw the case out, ending the case that had been filed just eight months earlier. Kirkland and Ellis were defence counsel. Source: Times of Malta 

February 2011

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3am founder awarded WIPO Gold Medal for Best Inventor

3am founder Brian Cauchi was awarded the Malta/WIPO Gold Medal for Best Inventor for his work on Communications Analyzers.

The work was commercialized as 3am LineScope and the product has since been adopted by payment terminal OEMs, product integrators and certification labs worldwide. It was also employed in a high-profile patent litigation case in the US to disprove infringement allegations.

Just over a year earlier, Mr. Cauchi was a recipient of the "Ericsson awards of excellence in telecommunications" in recognition of his undergraduate work on wireline diagnostic tools. Mr. Cauchi is presently a director at 3amSystems, a technology start-up based in Malta. Sources: 1 2 3


About 3amSystems

3amSystems is an innovative technology company based in Malta, performing niche product development activities. With core expertise in engineering and computing, 3amSystems provides various hardware and software tools as well as online services to its customers worldwide.

About WIPO

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. http://www.wipo.int 

June 2009

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Malta link in dismissal of U.S. patent infringement lawsuit

In October'08, Rembrandt Data Technologies LP sued several companies for allegedly infringing patents related to dial-up modem technology. Expert witness for DIRECTV Inc, one of the targeted companies, used 3am LineScope to assert non-infringement defenses. Acting on compelling evidence, the judge threw the case out, ending the case that had been filed just eight months earlier. Kirkland and Ellis LLP were defense counsel.

The case "Rembrandt Data Technologies, LP v. DIRECTV, Inc. et al. (E.D. Va.) Case No. 08-1009" concerned allegations of infringement of four patents relating to dial-up modem technology by satellite television set-top boxes. After plaintiff dropped two of the four patents, defense counsel obtained a complete victory on the remaining two patents, including summary judgments in their client's favor of (1) non-infringement of both patents as to all asserted claims and all accused products, (2) summary judgment of invalidity of all asserted claims in one of the two remaining patents, and (3) summary judgment that our client's products are already licensed through their suppliers' licenses to the asserted patents. Plaintiff appealed; case settled. See Rembrandt Data Technologies, LP v. AOL, LLC, 673 F. Supp. 2d 240 (E.D. Va. 2009). Sources: 1 2 3 4


About 3amSystems

3amSystems is an innovative technology company based in Malta, performing niche product development activities. With core expertise in engineering and computing, 3amSystems provides various hardware and software tools as well as online services to its customers worldwide.

About DIRECTV

The DIRECTV Group is the world's leading provider of digital television entertainment services. Through its subsidiaries and affiliated companies in the United States, Brazil, Mexico and other countries in Latin America, the DIRECTV Group provides digital television service to more than 18.3 million customers in the United States and over 5.9 million customers in Latin America. http://www.directv.com 

About Kirkland & Ellis

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a 1,500-attorney law firm representing global clients in complex intellectual property and technology, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, corporate and tax, restructuring and real estate matters. The Firm has offices in Chicago, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Munich, New York, Palo Alto, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. http://www.kirkland.com 

December 2006

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3am features in top VoIP websites

The 3amSystems website continues to grow in popularity thanks to upbeat coverage on leading VoIP websites, hot on the heels of referrals from VoIP message boards such as Cisco's NetPro, TrixBox and Voxilla. In July, 3amSystems featured on spanish language website VoIP Exchange. Then in October, it featured on the immensely popular TMCnet website, courtesy of Tom Keating's 'VoIP and Gadgets blog'.

3am's "World Tone Database" was launched in June 2005. Dissatisfied with the quality of related online resources, 3amSystems has drawn on the scattered information available and transformed it into a unified data source, complete with technical information and audio samples.

3am's unique resource continues to be the leading reference for many wireline telephony and VoIP specialists around the world when it comes to the A-Z of call progress tones. The website enjoys a healthily expanding subscriber base composed of telephony professionals from several VoIP providers, telecommunications equipment OEMs as well as telephony software vendors. Source: TMCnet