PRESS RELEASE: Topaz Electronic Signature Upheld in Federal Court
Director of Marketing
Simi Valley, CA - February 2, 2012 - Topaz Systems, Inc., a global leader in electronic signature solutions, announced today that the validity of a handwritten electronic signature captured using its technology has been upheld in United States Federal Court, Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division.
When the authenticity of the electronic signature was questioned in a Daubert Hearing, the US Federal Court judge upheld expert testimony supporting the authenticity of the signature in question. According to the Daubert Standard, a party seeking to introduce expert testimony must show (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case. William Flynn of Affiliated Forensic Laboratories, Inc. of Phoenix Arizona provided the expert testimony, which was affirmed by the judge’s order. Information about this case is now in the public record.
"The successful examination of electronic signature data and methodology by the court in this case has added additional legal weight to Topaz® technology and intellectual property" said Anthony Zank, President and CEO of Topaz. “By upholding the expert testimony of William Flynn, the Federal Court has also affirmed the role of forensic document examiners in relation to electronic signatures, an area we have pioneered over the past 15 years."
Topaz Systems is a leading developer and manufacturer of electronic signature software and hardware, and has been based in Simi Valley, California since 1995. Topaz provides all the hardware, software, intellectual property and expertise to enable paperless document creation, signing, and authentication of electronic forms with digital handwritten signatures. Topaz has developed an extensive eSign patent portfolio, and is the recipient of multiple industry awards including being a multiple consecutive winner of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Fast 500, along with Inc 500 and 5000 awards for outstanding growth.