SUFFERN, NY, December 27, 2005 - General Patent Corporation International (GPCI) announced an important victory in its patent enforcement campaign on behalf of Advanced Card Technologies LLC (ACT). The reexamination of two of ACT's patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) resulted in an affirmation of validity of these two patents with approximately two hundred new claims being issued.
The reexamination proceedings at the Patent Office were initiated in response to a patent infringement law suit brought by the prior owner of ACT's patents, a pioneer in card technology, SSI Technologies. Reexamination was requested for ACT's U.S. Patent Nos. 5,720,158 ("Information Card Package") and 5,921,584 ("Card Display Package"). The patents generally relate to packages for cards that have a magnetic stripe, such as gift, phone, and other types of cards. During the reexaminations, the new claims were found to be patentable over numerous patents and publications which were brought to the attention of the Patent Office.
"We were confident from the outset of these proceedings that the inventions embodied in these patents would be found to be patentable," said Neil Cohen, GPCI's Assistant General Counsel. "The question of the validity of these patents has now been put to rest."