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General Patent Settles Lawsuit with HID Global over Smart Cards Patents

HID Global Licenses RFID "Contactless Cards" Patents from Leighton Technologies

Suffern, N.Y., November 30, 2009 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Leighton Technologies LLC, that it has settled all pending lawsuits with HID Global Corporation (HID) of Irvine, Calif., and licensed Leighton's patents to HID, a leading manufacturer of employee and student ID cards, driver's licenses and transaction cards such as cashless payment, fare collection, vending and loyalty cards.

Leighton Technologies LLC owns several U.S. Patents that generally relate to the lamination process for RFID (or "contactless") cards that use an embedded chip to enable secure financial payments and access to secure locations.

All parties to two lawsuits − HID Corporation, Indala Corporation and AccessID, Inc. v. Leighton Technologies LLC and General Patent Corporation which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (CV-SACV05-513) and HID Global Corporation v. Keith R. Leighton which was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1:07CV1972) − agreed to a settlement that included a license for HID Global for the Leighton patents.

"We are very pleased to reach an amicable agreement with HID Global and the other parties to these lawsuits, and to license the Leighton patents to HID," said Paul Lerner, General Patent's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel.

HID Global is the second transaction card OEM to license Leighton Technologies' patents. General Patent granted a license for the Leighton patents to Oberthur Technologies of America Corporation in 2008.

About Leighton Technologies LLC

Leighton Technologies LLC is the owner of six U.S. Patents:

1. 5,817,207: "Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards"
2. 6,036,099: "Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card and product resulting therefrom"
3. 6,214,155: "Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards"
4. 6,441,736: "Ultra-thin flexible durable radio frequency identification devices and hot or cold lamination process for the manufacture of ultra-thin flexible durable radio frequency identification devices"
5. 6,557,766: "Hot lamination method for a hybrid radio frequency optical memory card converting sheets into a web process"
6. 6,514,367: "Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card"

Leighton Technologies is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patents is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, please contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.leighton-tech.com.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corporation, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP Holdings provides IP-related financial services and IP brokerage services, and operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of Leighton Technologies. For more information on IP Holdings, visit www.ip-holdings.com.

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GPC Secures Two New Licenses for DTL’s Cellular Communications Patent

Golden Cellular and Farmers Mutual Telephone License the DTL Patent

Suffern, N.Y., November 16, 2009 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), that it has licensed DTL's cellular communications patent to California RSA No. 3 Limited Partnership (d/b/a Golden State Cellular) of Jamestown, Calif., and Farmer’s Mutual Telephone Company of Bellingham, Minn.

DTL owns US Patent No. 5,051,799 (the ’799 Patent) titled “Digital Output Transducer.” The technology covered by the ‘799 Patent addresses Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards, assuring backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. The ‘799 Patent also has applications in Bluetooth devices.

“We are very pleased to have Golden State and Farmer’s Mutual join the many regional cell phone service providers that are licensing the DTL patent,” said Paul Lerner, General Patent’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. “Licenses under the DTL patent are available at our standard royalty rate of 0.7%.”

General Patent Corporation represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799. DTL brought patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless (now known as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. Equipment manufacturers Nokia, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung and LG Electronics have licensed the DTL Patent. Lawsuits are still pending against Verizon, Sprint and other companies.

Golden State Cellular agreed to license Digital Technology Licensing’s patent at the standard royalty rate of 0.7%. No litigation was filed against California RSA No. 3, and the licensing agreement was reached amicably among the parties.

Farmer’s Mutual Telephone Company was a third-party defendant in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against Kyocera. Farmer’s Mutual decided to settle and license the DTL patent.

California RSA No. 3 and Farmer’s Mutual become the 30th and 31st companies to which General Patent has licensed the DTL patent.

About Digital Technologies Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled “Digital Output Transducer” which is now expired. DLT is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available for past sales at DTL’s standard royalty rate of 0.7% on non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at 845-368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at 845-368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corporation, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP-Holdings provides IP-related financial services and IP brokerage services, and operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of DTL. For more information on IP Holdings, visit www.ip-holdings.com.

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Ryogen is Awarded New Patent

Patented DNA Sequence Encodes a Protein Implicated in Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Immune Dysfunctions and Other Diseases

Suffern, N.Y., November 11, 2009 − Ryogen LLC, a genomic start-up company, has been awarded a new patent titled “Isolated Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 7”.

U.S. patent No. 7,588,915, issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, claims isolated genomic polynucleotide fragments that encode human adipocyte enhancer binding protein 1 (AEBP1), complementary polynucleotides, vectors and host cells containing these fragments and a method for obtaining AEBP1.

“The protein encoded by the claimed sequences is thought to play a role in diabetes and metabolic syndrome, obesity, inflammation, immune processes, osteopenia and atherogenesis,” says Dr. James W. Ryan, the named inventor and Ryogen’s Chief Scientist.

“The new patent is an important addition to Ryogen’s intellectual property portfolio,” says Valeria Poltorak, the company’s Executive Vice President. “We are planning to offer this patent for licensing to make it widely available to researchers to facilitate the development of new diagnostic and treatment methods,” she adds.

About Ryogen LLC

Ryogen LLC, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., is a genomic start-up and a portfolio company of an idea incubator IP Holdings LLC which is also located in Suffern, N.Y. Ryogen is managed by General Patent Corporation, a premier intellectual property (IP) licensing and enforcement boutique. For further information about Ryogen, contact Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen LLC, Montebello Park, Suffern, NY 10901-03746; Telephone: 845-368-4000 x111; E-mail: valeria@ryogen.com; or visit www.ryogen.com.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC is an IP-centric merchant banking organization that operates an idea incubator with a specific focus on patent commercialization. IP Holdings LLC is affiliated with General Patent Corporation, a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm. For further information on IP Holdings, contact IP Holdings LLC, Montebello Park, Suffern, NY 10901-3746; Telephone: (845) 368-4000; E-mail: info@ip-holdings.com; or visit www.ip-holdings.com.

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GPC Secures Settlement and Agreement from Trump University over Service Mark Infringement

Suffern, N.Y., November 5, 2009 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading intellectual property licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that it secured a settlement and agreement from Trump University, based in New York City, regarding the “Negotiate to Win” service mark owned by Common Ground Seminars, Inc.

Common Ground Seminars owns the service mark “Negotiate to Win” (Service Mark No. 2,442,732), and its flagship product is its Negotiate to Win® workshop. Trump University was offering an on-line course that improperly used the mark in the course’s title. General Patent Corporation agreed to represent Common Ground Seminars in this service mark infringement dispute, and GPC was able to negotiate a two-part agreement for Common Ground Seminars. First, Trump University agreed to pay Common Ground Seminars half of its profits on all of the on-line courses it had sold that used Common Ground Seminar’s service mark; second, Trump University agreed to cease its use of Common Ground Seminar’s “Negotiate to Win” service mark.

“General Patent did an outstanding job of protecting our service mark and hard-earned goodwill against Trump University,” observed Jim Thomas, President of Common Ground Seminars, developer of the Negotiate to Win® workshop, and author of “Negotiate to Win” (Harper Collins 2005).

“We were pleased to be able to negotiate a settlement and agreement with Trump University on amicable terms,” says Paul Lerner, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for General Patent Corporation.

About Common Ground Seminars

Common Ground Seminars, Inc., based in McLean, Va., owns Service Mark No. 2,442,732 “Negotiate to Win.” Common Ground Seminars delivers hundreds of training programs a year worldwide in addition to their Negotiate to Win® workshop. Common Ground specializes in negotiation, conflict resolution and human resource development, and the company offers seminars, workshops, speakers, consulting, coaching, arbitration and mediation services, training program design and development, publishing, multimedia production, research studies, workforce surveys and software design. Their website is www.commongroundseminars.com.

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GPC Licenses DTL's Cell Phone Patent to RSA 1 and Mohave Cellular

Suffern, NY, September 29, 2009 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), that it has licensed DTL's cell phone patent to RSA 1 Limited Partnership (d/b/a Cellular 29 Plus) of Emerson, IA, and Mohave Cellular Limited Partnership of Kingman, AZ. Mohave Cellular is owned by Frontier Communications Corporation.

DTL owns US Patent No. 5,051,799 (the ’799 Patent) titled “Digital Output Transducer.” The technology covered by the ‘799 Patent addresses Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards, assuring backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. The ‘799 Patent also has applications in Bluetooth devices.

“We are very pleased to have RSA 1 and Mohave Cellular join the growing list of cell phone providers that are licensing the DTL patent,” said Paul Lerner, General Patent’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. “Licenses under the DTL patent are available at our standard royalty rate of 0.7%.”

General Patent Corporation represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of US Patent No. 5,051,799. DTL brought patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless (now known as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. Equipment manufacturers Nokia, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung and LG Electronics have licensed the DTL Patent. Lawsuits are still pending against Verizon, Sprint, Kyocera and other companies. RSA 1 and Mohave Cellular are just two of many cellular service providers that have licensed the DTL patent.

General Patent has now secured 29 licenses for the DTL patent.

About Digital Technologies Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC is the owner of US Patent No. 5,051,799 titled “Digital Output Transducer” which is now expired. DLT is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available for past sales at DTL’s standard royalty rate of 0.7% on non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at 845-368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC is an affiliate of General Patent Corporation and is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP-Holdings provides IP-related financial services and IP brokerage services, and operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of DTL. For more information on IP Holdings, visit www.ip-holdings.com.

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General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit Between ShopNTown and Landmark Media

Suffern, NY, September 22, 2009 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, has announced today on behalf of its client, ShopNTown, LLC, that a settlement has been reached in patent infringement litigation between ShopNTown and Landmark Media Enterprises, LLC (Landmark), a diversified media and communications company headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. General Patent, which represents ShopNTown as its exclusive licensing agent, was involved with the negotiations of the settlement agreement.

ShopNTown, an e-commerce company based in Lombard, Illinois, owns U.S. Patent No. 6,968,513 titled “On-Line Localized Business Referral System and Revenue Generation System.” With the assistance of General Patent, ShopNTown brought a lawsuit for patent infringement against Landmark in November of 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Civil Action No. 2:08-cv-00564). GPC negotiated a settlement agreement on behalf of ShopNTown under which Landmark and its affiliates received a license to the ShopNTown patent. Terms of the agreement remain confidential.

“We are very pleased to have reached an amicable settlement for our client ShopNTown,” said Ed Gomez, Chief IP Counsel for General Patent Corporation.

ShopNTown was represented by the law firm Proskauer Rose LLP in the lawsuit.

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General Patent Corporation Licenses Key Cell Phone Patent Owned by DTL to Eleven Phone Companies

Suffern, NY - August 18, 2009 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), that it has licensed DTL's key cell phone patent to eleven (11) phone companies.

DTL owns US Patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer." This patented technology covers Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards and is used to assure backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. Other applications of this patented technology include Bluetooth devices.

The eleven regional phone companies that have licensed the DTL patent are:

* Copper Valley Wireless, Inc. of Valdez, Alaska
* Silver Star Telephone Company, Inc. of Freedom, Wyoming
* SKT Wireless, LLC of Clearwater, Kansas
* Etex Communications, LP d/b/a Etex Wireless of Gilmer, Texas
* Syringa Wireless, LLC of Pocatello, Idaho
* NTCH, Inc. d/b/a Cleartalk of Hermosa Beach, California
* Thumb Cellular LLC of Pigeon, Michigan
* South Central Communications, Inc. of Escalante, Utah
* Texas RSA 7B3, L.P. d/b/a Peoples Wireless of Quitman, Texas
* Panhandle Telecommunication Systems, Inc. of Guymon, Oklahoma
* Inland Cellular Telephone Company of Roslyn, Washington

All of these licensees are paying the DTL standard royalty rate of 0.7% of cell phone service revenue.

"We are very pleased to see that cell phone service providers are willing to pay for the technology they are utilizing," said Paul Lerner, General Patent's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. "Non-exclusive licenses under the DTL patent are available to other cell phone service providers at our standard royalty rate of 0.7% on non-discriminatory terms."

General Patent Corporation represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of the '799 Patent. DTL brought patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless (now known as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. GPC previously announced that all lawsuits except for Verizon, Sprint and Kyocera had been settled. Aside from the service providers, General Patent had previously licensed the DTL patent to leading cell phone manufacturers including Nokia, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and LG.

About Digital Technologies Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL) is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer" which is now expired. DLT is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available for past sales at DTL's standard royalty rate of 0.7% on non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at 845-368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corporation, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP Holdings provides IP-related finance as well as IP brokerage services. IP Holdings also operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of DTL. For more information on IP Holdings visit www.ip-holdings.com.

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General Patent Corporation Licenses Key Cell Phone Patent Owned by DTL to Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative

August 6, 2009 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and patent enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), that it has licensed DTL's key cell phone patent to Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. of Circle, MT.

DTL owns US Patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer." This patented technology covers Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards and is used to assure backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. Other applications of this patented technology include Bluetooth devices.

"We are very pleased to extend a license under the DTL patent to Mid-Rivers," said Paul Lerner, General Patent's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. "Licensing of the DTL patent is available to other cell phone providers at our standard royalty rate of 0.7% on non-discriminatory terms."

Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative is the parent of Cable & Communications Corporation (C&CC), provider of Mid-Rivers Cable Television and Mid-Rivers Cellular Service. Mid-Rivers serves customers in Montana and North Dakota, and is the largest land mass telephone cooperative in the Continental US.

General Patent Corporation represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of the '799 Patent. DTL brought patent infringement lawsuits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless (now known as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. GPC previously announced that Nokia, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung, LG and others had licensed DTL's Patent, and that all lawsuits except for Verizon, Sprint and Kyocera had been settled.

About Digital Technologies Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL) is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer" which is now expired. DLT is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available for past sales at DTL's standard royalty rate of 0.7% on non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at 845-368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corporation, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP Holdings provides IP-related finance as well as IP brokerage services. IP Holdings also operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of DTL. For more information on IP Holdings visit www.ip-holdings.com.

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General Patent Licenses ACT Patents to Signature Cards

August 5, 2009 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading US patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that it has licensed two patents of its client, Advanced Card Technologies LLC (ACT), to Signature Cards, LP of Richardson, TX.

"We've now licensed over 25 companies under the ACT patents," said Kathlene Ingham, GPC's Director of Licensing. "Needless to say, we are very pleased with the results we've been able to generate for our client."

Advanced Card Technologies owns US Patents Nos. 5,720,158 and 5,921,584. These patents generally relate to gift, loyalty and phone cards, as well as other card products that fall within the scope of the patents.

In addition to negotiating licensing agreements on behalf of ACT, General Patent has assisted Advanced Card Technologies in four patent infringement lawsuits related to these patents.

About Advanced Card Technologies LLC

Advanced Card Technologies (ACT) is the owner of US Patent No. 5,720,158 titled "Information Card Package" and US Patent No. 5,921,584 titled "Card Display Package". A non-exclusive license under these patents is available. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000, x107.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corporation, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP Holdings provides IP-related finance as well as IP brokerage services, and operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of AVT. For more information on IP Holdings, visit www.ip holdings.com.

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General Patent Corporation Licenses Video Codec Patent to Electro Flip

Suffern, NY - July 22, 2009 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading US patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Advanced Video Technologies LLC (AVT), that AVT granted a non-exclusive license for AVT's "Full Duplex Single Chip Video Codec" Patent to Electro Flip LLC of Henderson, NV.

Advanced Video Technologies LLC owns U.S. Patent No. 5,781,788 (the '788 Patent) titled "Full Duplex Single Chip Video Codec." Electro Flip entered into a licensing agreement with AVT for use of the '788 Patent in Electro Flips' camcorders including its NanoCam Micro DVD. Electro Flip agreed to pay AVT's standard royalty rate of 25 cents per unit for both past and future sales.

"We are pleased to extend a non-exclusive license under the AVT patent to Electro Flip," said Kathlene Ingham, GPC's Director of Licensing.

About Advanced Video Technologies LLC

Advanced Video Technologies LLC owns U.S. Patent No. 5,781,788, "Full Duplex Single Chip Video Codec." AVT is a portfolio company of an idea incubator operated by IP Holdings LLC, and AVT is managed by General Patent Corporation. GPC has asserted the AVT patent in a number of patent infringement lawsuits, some of which have been amicably settled while others are still pending. A non-exclusive license under the '788 patent is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, please contact Kathlene Ingham, GPC's Director of Licensing, at (845) 368-4000 x107 or email kingham@generalpatent.com. For more information about Advanced Video Technologies LLC visit www.advancedvidtech.com.

About IP Holdings LLC

IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of General Patent Corporation, is an IP-centric merchant banking organization. IP Holdings provides IP-related financial services as well as IP brokerage services, and operates an idea incubator. IP Holdings is a member of AVT. For more information on IP Holdings, visit www.ip holdings.com.

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