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General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Suit with Boca Research

MONSEY, N.Y., February 17, 1998 - General Patent Corporation (GPC) has reached an out-of-court settlement with Boca Research, Inc. in a patent infringement suit brought by GPC against seven modem manufacturers in May 1997 to enforce four of GPC's patents which cover specific aspects of PCMCIA devices, PC card modems and other computer communications devices. Under the settlement Agreement Boca Research agreed to license GPC's patents.

"Boca is one of the largest modem makers," said Alexander Poltorak, Ph.D., GPC's chairman and CEO. "We are glad our technology is gaining a momentum and industry recognition."

Dr. Poltorak also said that additional litigation was pending in New York against U.S. Robotics, now part of 3Com, and in California against Hayes, Xircom and New Media. "Boca is the forth company to license GPC's patents," said Christopher Marchese, one of the attorneys for GPC in the Boca case. "We hope that other modem manufacturers will follow the trend."

The patents include U.S. Patent Nos. 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem"), U.S. Patent Nos. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"), 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface") and 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector").

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Motorola Named in Patent Suit Filed by General Patent Corporation

MONSEY, NY, January 27, 1998 - Motorola Inc. has been named in a patent infringement suit by General Patent Corporation (GPC). The suit seeks to enforce four of GPC's patents, which cover specific aspects of PC Card modems, the PCMCIA credit-card-size modems used in notebook and laptop personal computers.

The suit was filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of California in San Diego. The patents that are alleged to be infringed are U.S. Patent No. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"), U.S. Patent No. 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem"), U.S. Patent No. 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface"), and U.S. Patent No. 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector").

"Motorola was notified of the infringement in 1995," said Alexander Poltorak, Ph.D., GPC's chairman and CEO. "We did all we could to avoid litigation."

Dr. Poltorak said that last year GPC also filed a patent infringement suit against IBM and U.S. Robotics Corp. (now 3Com) and a separate suit against seven modem manufacturers including Hayes. IBM and two other companies have since settled the lawsuit. Several others have agreed in principle to license GPC's patents as well.

GPC is represented in this case by a legal team led by Alan Smith and Christopher Marchese of the law firm of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mr. Marchese noted that other companies have been notified of the infringement.

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General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Suit with Maxtech and Archtek

MONSEY, N.Y., November 4, 1997 - General Patent Corporation (GPC) has reached a settlement with GVC Technologies, dba Maxtech Corp., of Cerritos, California and Archtek America Corp. of City of Industry, California in a patent infringement suit brought by GPC in May 1997 against seven leading modem manufacturers. The suit was brought to enforce four of GPC's patents which cover specific aspects of PCMCIA devices, PC card modems and other computer communications devices. As part of the settlement, Maxtech and Archtek agreed to license GPC's patents. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to execute a licensing agreement with Maxtech and Archtek," said Alexander Poltorak, Ph.D., GPC's chairman and CEO. "With reasonable royalty rates we are offering to the manufacturers, we hope to see more and more modem vendors joining the ranks of our licensees," he added.

Christopher Marchese of Fish & Richardson, counsel for GPC, said, "We are negotiating with many other companies to take licenses under GPC's patents."

The patents include U.S. Patent Nos. 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem"); 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"); 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface"); and 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector").

Dr. Poltorak also said that IBM recently settled with GPC while additional litigation was pending in New York against U.S. Robotics, now part of 3Com, and in California against four defendants: Hayes Microcomputer Products of Norcross, Georgia; Boca Research, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida; Xircom, Inc. of Thousand Oaks, California; and New Media Corp. of Irvine, California.

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General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Suit with IBM

MONSEY, N.Y., August 26, 1997 - General Patent Corporation (GPC) has reached an out-of-court settlement with IBM Corporation in a patent infringement suit brought by GPC against IBM in March 1997 to enforce four of GPC's patents which cover specific aspects of PCMCIA devices, PC card modems and other computer communications devices. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

"We are delighted to have reached this agreement with IBM," said Alexander Poltorak, Ph.D., GPC's chairman and CEO. "We are looking forward to reaching similar agreements with the other industry players."

Dr. Poltorak also said that additional litigation was pending in New York against U.S. Robotics, now part of 3Com, and in California against seven defendants, including some of the largest modem makers. "We are very pleased that the IBM situation was resolved quickly and amicably, and we hope that other companies will follow suit," said David Fink, lead counsel for GPC in the IBM case.

The patents include U.S. Patent Nos. 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem"), U.S. Patent Nos. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"), 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface") and 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector").

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Seven Modem Companies Named in Patent Suit Filed by General Patent Corporation

MONSEY, NY, June 9, 1997 - Seven leading modem manufacturers have been named in a patent infringement suit by General Patent Corporation (GPC). The suit seeks to enforce four of GPC's patents, which cover specific aspects of PC Card modems, the credit-card-size modems used in notebook and laptop personal computers. The alleged infringers include modem leaders Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. and Boca Research, Inc. The suit was filed in United States District Court for the Central District of California in Orange County.

Alexander Poltorak, Ph.D., GPC's chairman and CEO, said that GPC also filed a patent infringement suit against IBM and U.S. Robotics Corp. in March for alleged infringement of the PC Card (formerly PCMCIA) patents, and that other companies have been notified of infringing activities.

"Every company manufacturing or selling PC Cards owes it to themselves to take a close look at our patents and consider taking a license," said Dr. Poltorak.

GPC is represented by the law firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. One of the attorneys in the case, Chris Marchese, noted that the patents represent valuable inventions with respect to PCMCIA cards.

The patents that are alleged to be infringed are U.S. Patent No. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"), U.S. Patent No. 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem"), U.S. Patent No. 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface"), and U.S. Patent No. 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector").

Hayes Microcomputer Products is based in Norcross, Georgia. The other modem manufacturers named in the complaint are: Cardinal Technologies, Inc. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Boca Research, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida; Xircom, Inc. of Thousand Oaks, California; GVC Technologies, dba MaxTech Corp., of Cerritos, California; Archtek America Corp. of City of Industry, California; and New Media Corp. of Irvine, California.

GPC is an international technology transfer company headquartered in Monsey, N.Y. In addition to owning the PC Card patents, GPC is active in international technology transfer.

Fish & Richardson, P.C. is a premier national intellectual property and technology law firm. Founded in 1878, the firm has over 150 attorneys practicing in seven offices across the country: Boston, New York, Washington, DC, Houston, the Twin Cities, the Silicon Valley and Southern California.

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Acticon Technologies Retains the Intellectual Property Law Firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. to Enforce Acticon's Rights

Rights Cover Computer Communications and Interconnectivity Hardware Components and Devices

MONSEY, NY, February 25, 1997 - Acticon Technologies ("Acticon"), a division of General Patent Corporation (GPC), has retained the intellectual property law firm of Fish & Richardson, P.C. to enforce Acticon's rights under patents owned by Acticon. GPC is an international technology transfer company headquartered in Monsey, NY.

GPC has recently consolidated its exclusive rights to a number of proprietary hardware technologies related to telecommunications and computer interconnectivity. These technologies are protected by three patents invented by Steven Farago, including "Connector Interface", U.S. Patent # 4,603,320; "Multiple Connector Interface", U.S. Patent #4,686,506; and the "Programmable Connector Interface", U.S. Patent #4,972,470; and two patents by Randy Brandt, including the "Integrated Connector and Modem", U.S. Patent #4,543,450, and "Telephone Network Coupler", U.S. Patent #4,727,535. Devices covered by these patents include, among others, PCMCIA modems, combo PC cards and smart connectors.

These technologies are vital to Internet access and mobile computing, and the patents are believed to be infringed by many companies. "These basic patents are widely infringed by the PCMCIA modem manufacturers, among other PC Card and Smart Connector companies," said Dr. Alexander Poltorak, chairman and CEO of GPC.

Fish & Richardson, PC is a premier national intellectual property law firm headquartered in Boston, MA. Formed in 1878, F&R is one of the oldest and largest intellectual property law firms in the US. The firm has over 140 attorneys practicing in seven offices across the country.

"Fish & Richardson is aggressively considering all alternatives for enforcing the rights of Acticon Technologies," said Scott Harris, a partner in Fish & Richardson.

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Acticon Technologies Acquires Partial Rights Consolidating its Interest in the Three Important Connector Patents

Rights Cover Smart Connectors and Other Computer Communications and Interconnectivity Hardware Components and Devices

MONSEY, NY, February 19, 1997 - Acticon Technologies, a Division of General Patent Corporation ("GPC"), has acquired a one half interest in three important connector patents from Anico Research, Ltd., a Mt. Kisco, NY R&D company. GPC is a technology transfer company headquartered in Monsey, NY.

The transaction included purchase of the remaining 50% rights to three patents, including the "Connector Interface", U.S. Patent # 4,603,320; "Multiple Connector Interface", U.S. Patent #4,686,506 and the "Programmable Connector Interface", U.S. Patent #4,972,470. Devices covered by these patents include smart connectors, PCMCIA modems and PC combo cards among others.

"General Patent Corporation, a technology transfer company, is in an excellent position to license our technology and enforce our rights under these patents," said Steven Farago, the inventor of the patented smart connectors and President of Anico Research, Ltd.

Last year GPC settled its dispute with Rapitech Systems, Inc. over the initial 50% stake in some of these patents. The acquisition from Anico consolidates GPC's interest in the technology, giving it 100% rights in these patents.

"These basic patents, together with the other patents related to PCMCIA modem technology owned by GPC, give us a strategic position in the growing PC Card and Smart Connector industries," said Dr. Alexander Poltorak, chairman and CEO of GPC.

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IBM, U.S. Robotics Named in Patent Suit by General Patent Corporation

Suffern, N.Y., February 7, 1997 - IBM Corporation and U. S. Robotics Corporation have been named in a patent infringement suit by General Patent Corporation (GPC) to enforce four of GPC's patents, which cover specific aspects of PC card modems and other computer communications devices.

The infringed patents include U.S. Patent Nos. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"); 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface"); 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector") and U.S. Patent No. 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem").

Alexander Poltorak, Ph.D., GPC's chairman and CEO, said that the first patent infringement suit is against IBM and U.S. Robotics Corp., and that other companies have been notified of infringing activities. "More litigation may be necessary if companies decide to test GPC's conviction in enforcing its intellectual property rights," said David Fink, lead counsel in this case. "Willful infringers may be liable for treble damages under Federal law," Mr. Fink added.

Dr. Poltorak noted that the patents have anticipated the technology now widely used by PC card and "smart connector" manufacturers without any acknowledgment to the inventors. Dr. Poltorak also said, "I hope that infringing companies will respect the patents and license the technology without litigation."

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Acticon Technologies Settles with Rapitech Systems, Inc. on the Rights to Five Patents

Rights Cover Computer Communications and Interconnectivity Hardware Components and Devices

MONSEY, NY, January 31, 1997 - Acticon Technologies, a division of General Patent Corporation ("GPC"), has signed an agreement with Rapitech Systems, Inc., Suffern, N. Y. (OTC - RPSY), concerning the ownership of five patents in the areas of computer communications and interconnectivity. GPC is an international technology transfer company headquartered in Monsey, NY.

The agreement assigns to Acticon Technologies all rights to two Brandt patents including the "Integrated Connector and Modem", U.S. Patent #4,543,450; "Telephone Network Coupler", U.S. Patent #4,727,535,and 50 percent rights to three Farago Patents, including "Connector Interface", U.S. Patent # 4,603,320, "Multiple Connector Interface", U.S. Patent #4,686,506 and the "Programmable Connector Interface", U.S. Patent #4,972,470. This transaction gives Acticon Technologies 100% rights to the three Farago Patents. Devices covered by these patents include among others PCMCIA modems, combo PC cards and smart connectors.

"The technologies represented by these inventions are directly related to modems and connectors vital to computer communications and Internet access," said Dr. Alexander Poltorak, chairman and CEO of GPC.

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GPC Marks 20th Year as a Leading IP Organization

Creating Wealth from a Wealth of Ideas

Suffern, NY - December 21, 2007 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading intellectual property (IP) firm headquartered in Suffern, New York, marks its 20th anniversary this year.

Founded in 1987 by Alexander Poltorak as a patent licensing and technology transfer organization, GPC has since grown into a leading, full service IP management company.

"Patents are the currency of the knowledge-based economy," said Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO. "We help our clients to leverage their patent portfolio and generate tangible results from intangible assets. We create wealth from their wealth of ideas."

GPC, the premier contingency patent licensing and enforcement organization, has been successfully enforcing the IP rights of independent inventors and small companies who might have otherwise been unable to benefit from the results of their ingenuity. GPC's efforts have netted millions of dollars for inventors, which championed the cause of independent inventors in their "David vs. Goliath" battle.

Amongst its accomplishments of the last five years, GPC has successfully enforced many patent portfolios, including:

* the award-winning Acticon Technologies portfolio related to smart connectors (Acticon now has 146 licensees);
* the Advanced Card Technologies (ACT) portfolio relating to phone and gift cards (ACT now has 24 licensees);
* the Moen Technologies patents related to debit- platform interactive telecommunications;
* the Forward Technologies patent related to remote call forwarding;
* the Scieran Technologies patents related to eye surgery devices;
* the Trounson Automation patent related to control systems for multi-axis milling machines;
* the Upstream Technologies patent for truck cap windows;
* the Zip Clip patents for hair curlers; and
* the Digital Technology Licensing patent related to digital wireless communications.

GPC also provides IP consulting services including IP audit and valuation, IP analysis and strategy, IP portfolio mining and portfolio management, technology transfer and IP licensing to domestic and foreign businesses, universities, institutional investors and individual inventors.

An affiliate of GPC, IP Holdings LLC, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization that provides IP-related finance and IP brokerage services. IP Holdings operates an idea incubator that invests in promising innovative technologies and incubates valuable IP portfolios for future licensing. Among IP Holdings' portfolio companies is Ryogen LLC, a genetic start up that owns a valuable portfolio of gene-related patents.

GPC's principals, Alex Poltorak and Paul Lerner, also published their second book, "Essentials of Licensing Intellectual Property."

"Intellectual property is the single most valuable and yet most undervalued asset class in today's economy," says Alexander Poltorak. "The value and competitive advantage it affords will continue to grow with time," he concluded.

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