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Progressive Settles Patent Dispute with Allstate

Monday, October 03, 2011

Progressive Settles Patent Dispute with Allstate11:47 EDT Monday, October 03, 2011 MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (Business Wire) -- ProgressiveCasualty Insurance Company has reached a settlement agreement with Allstate Insurance Company and Allstate Fire and Casualty Insurance Company regarding the litigation in which Progressive alleged that Allstate infringed on Progressive's patents for usage-based insurance and online insurance policy-servicing technology, as well as trademark infringement. As part of the agreement, Progressive has granted a license to Allstate under Progressive's usage-based insurance and policy-servicing patent portfolios; and the companies have entered into a trademark co-existence agreement involving the Drive® and DriveWise® trademarks. Additional details of the settlement will remain confidential. “This was about protecting and leveraging Progressive's investment of more than 15 years in usage-based insurance research, development, testing and piloting,” said Chuck Jarrett, Progressive's chief legal officer. “We have always said we are willing to license our intellectual property rights to others and that we will enforce those rights when necessary.” About Progressive The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy, and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it's most convenient for them—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent. Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. It's the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au. Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, the Snapshot Discount®, and a concierge level of claims service. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at (NYSE:PGR). Progressive PRLeah Knapp, 440-395-9928leah_knapp@progressive.com