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General Patent Corp Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with Oberthur

SUFFERN, N.Y., December 31, 2008 — General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that a settlement has been reached in a patent infringement lawsuit between its client, Leighton Technologies LLC (Leighton), and Oberthur Technologies.

Leighton owns seven U.S. patents that generally relate to lamination processes for RFID cards (also known as contactless cards), which are cards with a silicon chip embedded into the body of the plastic to enable secure financial payments and access to secure locations.

A lawsuit was filed by Leighton against Oberthur Technologies (formerly Oberthur Card Systems S.A.) and Oberthur Technologies of America Corporation (formerly Oberthur Card Systems of America Corporation) in March 2004 in the U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of NY (04 CV 02496) for the infringement of some of the Leighton patents.

General Patent Corporation is the manager and exclusive licensing agent for Leighton Technologies.

“We are pleased to have reached an amicable settlement in this case,” said Paul Lerner, GPC’s General Counsel.

Leighton is represented in this matter by the law firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP of Washington, DC.

About Leighton Technologies LLC

Leighton Technologies LLC of Suffern, N.Y. is the owner of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,817,207, “Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards”, 6,036,099, “Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card and product resulting therefrom”, 6,214,155, “Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards”, 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”, 6,557,766, “Hot lamination method for a hybrid radio frequency optical memory card converting sheets into a web process”, 6,514,367, “Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card”, and RE40,145.

Leighton Technologies LLC 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.

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Matsushita, General Patent Strike Licensing Deal Involving Digital Output Transducer Patent

SUFFERN, N.Y., December 23, 2008 - 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 a key cell phone patent to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. of Osaka, Japan. Matsushita products are sold in the US under the Panasonic brand.

DTL owns U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled “Digital Output Transducer” (Patent), which is an essential patent for Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards. The patented technology is also used to assure backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. Other applications of this patented technology include Bluetooth headsets.

“We are very pleased to extend a license under the DTL patent to Matsushita,” said Paul Lerner, GPC’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel.

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

About Digital Technologies Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), of Suffern, N.Y., is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled “Digital Output Transducer.” DTL is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, please contact Paul Lerner at (845) 368-4000 x104. 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 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 DTL Patent to Sony Ericsson

SUFFERN, N.Y., December 22, 2008 - 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 a key cell phone patent to Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB (Sony Ericsson).

DTL owns U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer" (Patent), which is an essential patent for Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards. The patented technology is also used to assure backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. Other applications of this patented technology include Bluetooth headsets.

“We are very pleased to grant a license to Sony Ericsson,” said Paul Lerner, GPC’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. “We will continue with our efforts to license this key patent and to vigorously enforce the intellectual property rights of our client,” he concluded.

General Patent Corporation represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of this Patent. DTL brought patent infringement suits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless (now known as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. Sony Ericsson was not a party to any of these lawsuits. GPC previously announced that Nokia, Ericsson, Samsung and LG had licensed DTL’s Patent, and that the lawsuits against Cingular Wireless, AT&T Mobility, and Motorola had been settled.

About Digital Technologies Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), of Suffern, N.Y., is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled “Digital Output Transducer.” DTL is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, please contact Paul Lerner at (845) 368-4000 x104. 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 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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Worlds.com and General Patent Select IP Law Firm Lerner David to Enforce Worlds’ Patents

SUFFERN, N.Y., December 11, 2008 — General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that it retained on behalf of its client, Worlds.com, Inc., a prominent intellectual property law firm, Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP (LDLKM), to enforce Worlds’ patents.

Worlds.com (OTC BB: WDDD) owns U.S. Patent Nos. 6,219,045 titled “Scalable Virtual World Chat Client-Server System” (the ‘045 Patent), and 7,181,690 titled “System and Method for Enabling Users to Interact in a Virtual Space” (the ‘690 Patent). The Patents relate to computer architecture for a three-dimensional graphical multi-user interactive virtual world system. Such systems are utilized in Massive Multi-Player Online Games (MMORPG) of the type known as Graphical Multi-Dimension (GMUD) games, which provide a graphical representation of the player’s character (avatar) wherein movement of the character in virtual space alters what the character views.

General Patent Corporation has represented Worlds.com, Inc., since 2002 as its exclusive licensing agent.

“The Worlds patents represent exceptionally valuable intellectual property,” said Alexander Poltorak, GPC’s Chairman and CEO. “We welcome licensing inquiries from the on-line game industry. Non-exclusive licenses are available on favorable and non-discriminatory terms.”

Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP is a well known intellectual property (IP) law firm located in Westfield, NJ. LDLKM specializes solely in IP matters. General Patent selected LDLKM as litigation counsel for Worlds.com based on their stellar record of success.

“We are pleased to have the expertise and IP experience of General Patent and Lerner David to enforce Worlds’ patent portfolio,” stated Thom Kidrin, Worlds’ CEO. “As the number of virtual worlds and MMORG’s continues to grow, Worlds has seen the space we pioneered in 1995 validated in techniques and methodologies we believe are defined in our patents.”

About Worlds.com, Inc.

Worlds.com, Inc. of Brookline, MA is a leader and pioneer in the development and delivery of 3D content and technology on the internet. Founded in 1994, World utilizes its patented 3D technology in partnership with brand leaders in specific market segments to offer 3D multi-user environments that have interactive Avatars, rich media graphics, text chat, voice-to-voice chat, video and e-commerce. The 3D communities allow visitors to interact with each other, teleport throughout the Worlds environment as well as participate in shared experiences. Besides partnering with existing content providers that have strong brands and an existing following, Worlds also encourages individuals to create their own virtual spaces, communities and unique Avatars with easy-to-use tools. Worlds was, and remains, true “social networking” well before the term became mainstream. For more information on Worlds, please visit www.worlds.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains certain forward-looking statements and information relating to Worlds that are based on the beliefs of Worlds' management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events including estimates and projections about its business based on certain assumptions of its management, including those described in this Release. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risk and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, including, among other factors, changes in demand for the Company's services and products, and changes in technology. Additional risk factors are included in the Company’s public filings with the SEC. Should one or more of these underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as hoped, anticipated, believed, estimated, preparing or expected. The Company does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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General Patent Corporation Names Ed Gomez Chief IP Counsel

SUFFERN, N.Y., November 12, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that it has named Ed Gomez to the position of Chief IP Counsel.

"Ed is a highly experienced patent litigator with an excellent track record," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. "We are very pleased to be able to attract such exceptional talent."

Prior to joining GPC, Mr. Gomez was President of Furnace Brook LLC, a patent licensing and enforcement company. At Furnace Brook, Mr. Gomez negotiated over 80 licenses and oversaw several litigations that resulted in favorable settlements. Prior to forming Furnace Brook in 2002, Mr. Gomez was a partner at Pennie & Edmonds LLP where his practice included patent litigation, counseling and licensing in a wide variety of technologies including telecommunications, semiconductor manufacture, circuit design, optics, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Gomez has acted as trial counsel in patent matters before several of the Federal Courts including District Courts in California, Connecticut, New York and Virginia, as well as the International Trade Commission.

Mr. Gomez received his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1995 and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University in 1988.

"General Patent Corporation has an extraordinary record of success in patent enforcement,” said Ed Gomez. “I look forward to contributing to its continued success."

"We are delighted to welcome Ed to General Patent Corporation," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC’s Chairman and CEO. "He will be joining our team of top-notch patent attorneys and IP litigators."

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General Patent is Successful in Litigation to Enforce “Smart Connector” Patents

SUFFERN, NY, November 6, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, has achieved another victory in its campaign to enforce a portfolio of "smart connector" patents owned by its subsidiary, Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon). GPC announced today that Acticon has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against L-3 Communications Ilex Systems, Inc. (L-3).

Acticon brought a patent infringement suit against L-3 in the U.S.D.C. for the Southern District of NY (Civil File No. 08 CIV 3698), in which Acticon alleged that L-3 infringed two of Acticon’s patents by selling PCMCIA form-factor Secure Fax Cards. L-3 Communications Corporation of San Diego, Cal. ultimately agreed to settle.

“We are happy to have settled with L-3,” said Paul Lerner, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel for GPC, “and we can now focus our attention on our other lawsuits”.

GPC has successfully represented Acticon in 26 lawsuits and one hundred fifty-one licensing transactions related to these patents.

About Acticon Technologies

Acticon Technologies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Patent Corporation, is a computer connectivity and communications technology company based in Suffern, NY. Acticon’s award-winning “smart connector” technology has been licensed by over 150 companies. For more information on Acticon visit www.acticontech.com.

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Motorola, General Patent Settle Patent Infringement Suit Involving Digital Output Transducer

Patented Technology Assures Backward Compatibility of Cell Phone Handsets, Base Stations and Affects Bluetooth Headsets

Suffern, NY - August 26, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, today announced that a settlement has been reached in a patent infringement lawsuit between its client, Digital Technology Licensing (DTL) and Motorola, Inc.

The "Digital Output Transducer" (Patent) at the center of the case is owned by DTL. The transducer is an essential patent for Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards. The patented technology is also used to assure backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations. Other applications of the patented technology include Bluetooth headsets.

"The settlement with Motorola follows DTL licensing and settlement deals with Nokia, Samsung, Cingular, Ericsson and LG," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman & CEO. "We are very pleased to have resolved this lawsuit on amicable terms and look forward to licensing the rest of the defendants in the remaining lawsuits."

DTL has also brought patent infringement suits against Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint.

A declaratory judgment lawsuit was filed by Motorola against DTL in November 2007 in the Southern District of New York (07 CV 10436) for the non-infringement of DTL's U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 ('799 Patent) by Motorola's digital cellular handsets and equipment. DTL subsequently charged Motorola with infringement of the '799 patent.

DTL is represented by the law firm of Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP (LDLKM).

"The growing number of settlements and licensees is overwhelming evidence of the industry's acceptance of DTL's patent as a de facto standard," said Stephen Roth of LDLKM, the chief litigation counsel in this case.

Digital Technology Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), of Suffern, N.Y., is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer." DTL is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, and is managed by GPC. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, please contact Paul Lerner at (845) 368-4000 x104. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

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Alexander Poltorak Speaks at NAPP Annual Meeting

Suffern, NY - August 25, 2008 - Alexander Poltorak, Chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation, told the National Association of Patent Practitioners recently that a First-to-Invent vs. First-to-File debate cannot be considered outside of the context of the complete patent reform proposal.

"In a fair and balanced patent reform, goals of patent law harmonization would be balanced with the interests and concerns of universities, small businesses and independent inventors," Poltorak said in a July 2008 presentation at the group's annual meeting in Alexandria, VA.

The U.S. patent system is the only one in the world based on the First-to-Invent regime. This means that that the inventor who is the first to conceive of an invention is considered the first inventor and is able to obtain a patent -- even if another inventor files a patent application for that invention first, so long as the first inventor was diligent in reducing the invention to practice and did not abandon or conceal it. In the rest of the world, the First-to-File system is the norm.

Dr. Poltorak discussed the differences between the two systems, including their respective advantages and disadvantages.

To view a PDF version of the PowerPoint file used in the presentation, please click the link below.

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Winning Edge Settles Patent Lawsuit with SportsDirect and Covers Media Group

General Patent Corporation Acts as Licensing Agent

Suffern, NY - July 28, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Winning Edge International, formerly known as GWIN, that Winning Edge has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against Canadian corporation SportsDirect, Inc. and its subsidiary, Irish corporation Covers Media Group Ltd.

A lawsuit against Sportsdirect, Inc., Covers Media Group Ltd., Vegas Experts.com, Inc., Vegas Insider.com, Preferred Picks Publications and Don Best Sports was filed in August 2006 in the Eastern District of Texas (2:06 CV 318) for the infringement of Winning Edge's U.S. Patent No. 6,260,019 (the Patent). GPC previously announced settlements with all of the other defendants.

"We are pleased to have reached settlements with the last remaining defendants in this lawsuit," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. He continued, "We look forward to licensing others in the online gaming industry."

Winning Edge owns U.S. Patent No. 6,260,019 titled "Web-Based Prediction Marketplace". The patented technology pertains to the on-line prediction of future events.

"Winning Edge and our parent company Betbrokers PLC are very happy that this lawsuit is successfully concluded," said Wayne Root, CEO of Winning Edge. "We are delighted with the results."

Winning Edge was represented in this lawsuit by the law firm of DiNovo Price Ellwanger LLP, a patent litigation boutique in Austin, TX.

About Winning Edge International

Winning Edge International of Las Vegas, NV is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 6,260,019 titled "Web-Based Prediction Marketplace". Winning Edge is a wholly owned subsidiary of Betbrokers PLC, a publicly traded company on the AIM Exchange in the UK (BETB:AIM). Winning Edge and its nationally recognized "Wayne Root" brand provides professional predictions, advice and analysis of sporting events in the United States via television, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.winningedge.com.

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Winning Edge Settles Patent Lawsuit with VegasExperts.com and VegasInsider.com

General Patent Corporation Acts as Licensing Agent

Suffern, NY - June 4, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Winning Edge International, formerly known as GWIN, that Winning Edge has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against VegasExperts.com of Cleveland, OH and VegasInsider.com of the UK.

A lawsuit against VegasExperts.com, Inc., VegasInsider.com, Preferred Picks Publications, Don Best Sports, Sports Direct, Inc. and Covers Media Group Ltd. was filed in August 2006 in the Eastern District of Texas (2:06 CV 318) for the infringement of Winning Edge's U.S. Patent No. 6,260,019 (the Patent). Previously, GPC announced settlements with Preferred Picks Publications, Inc. a/k/a Playbook Enterprises of Weston, FL, and Corcom, Inc. d/b/a Don Best Sports of Las Vegas, NV.

"We are pleased to have reached two more settlements in this lawsuit," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel. He continued, "We look forward to licensing the remaining defendant."

Winning Edge owns U.S. Patent No. 6,260,019 titled "Web-Based Prediction Marketplace". The patented technology pertains to the on-line prediction of future events. Winning Edge is a wholly owned subsidiary of Betbrokers PLC, a publicly traded company on the AIM Exchange in the UK (BETB:AIM).

"Winning Edge and our parent company Betbrokers PLC are pleased that settlements are moving forward in the lawsuit," said Wayne Root, CEO of Winning Edge, "and we look forward to announcing licensing agreements with other companies in the business of predicting the outcomes of events online."

Winning Edge is represented in this lawsuit by the law firm of DiNovo Price Ellwanger LLP, a patent litigation boutique in Austin, TX.

About Winning Edge International

Winning Edge International of Las Vegas, NV is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 6,260,019 titled "Web-Based Prediction Marketplace". Winning Edge and its nationally recognized "Wayne Root" brand provides professional predictions, advice and analysis of sporting events in the United States via television, radio and the Internet. For more information, please visit www.winningedge.com.

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