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General Patent Obtains 150 Licenses for its Acticon Patent Portfolio

Suffern, NY - May 15, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm headquartered in Suffern, NY, reached an important milestone in its patent enforcement campaign on behalf of its subsidiary, Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon). GPC recently obtained the 150th settlement under Acticon's portfolio of "smart connector" patents. Data Device Corporation of Bohemia, NY has settled Acticon's claims of infringement of its U.S. Patent No. 4,972,470 (Programmable Connector) for its MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC PCMCIA cards. GPC represented Acticon in all 150 licensing and settlement transactions.

"I am absolutely amazed at the success of these patents," said Steven Farago, Ph.D., the inventor of the Acticon "smart connector" technology. "Back in 1996, I wouldn't have thought it was possible to license 150 companies. But General Patent has been wonderful and exceeded all my expectations. They have left no stone unturned in enforcing the Acticon patents."

GPC also announced that Acticon has settled its patent infringement lawsuit against CNet Technology Corporation of San Jose, CA and CNet Technology, Inc. of Taiwan. Acticon brought suit against CNet and three other defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. 06 Civ 4679). CNet ultimately agreed to settle the lawsuit and to take a license under the patents. GPC previously announced that another defendant, Mace Group d/b/a Macally Peripherals, took a paid-up settlement arrangement. Acticon was represented by the law firm of Carr & Ferrell LLP of Palo Alto, CA.

Other companies that have recently settled or taken or license under the '470 Patent are Contemporary Controls of Downers Grove, IL for its ARCNET PCMCIA cards, and Light Cone Corp. of Irvine, CA for its CompactFlash cards.

"We are pleased with these recent developments, and that Acticon has been so successful," said Paul Lerner, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel for GPC. "We will continue to enforce these patents until the last of the infringers has settled," he added.

Acticon's "smart connector" patents cover specific aspects of PC cards and other "smart connector" devices used in mobile computer communications, networking and instrumentation control. GPC has successfully represented Acticon in 26 lawsuits and one hundred fifty licensing transactions related to these patents.

About Acticon Technologies

Acticon Technologies LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Patent Corporation International, is a computer connectivity and communications technology company based in Suffern, NY. Acticon's award-winning smart connector technology is based on 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"). All of the patents have now expired. For more information on Acticon visit www.acticontech.com.

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DTL Licenses Key Cell Phone Patent to LG Electronics

General Patent Corporation Acts as Licensing Agent

Suffern, NY - April 16, 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 LG Electronics, Inc.

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 the patented technology include Bluetooth headsets.

"We were very pleased to grant a non-exclusive license to LG," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO.

GPC represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of the Patent. DTL brought patent infringement suits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless (now know as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. LG was not a party to any of these lawsuits. Previously, DTL announced that Nokia, Ericsson and Samsung had licensed its Patent, and that the law suits against Cingular Wireless and AT&T Mobility had been settled with AT&T Mobility taking a license under the Patent.

About 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 GPCI. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For more information, please visit DTL' s website at www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

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General Patent Licenses ACT Patents to Bristol ID and Plastek Cards

Suffern, NY - March 25, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm headquartered in Suffern, New York, announced today that it has recently licensed the patents of its client, Advanced Card Technologies LLC (ACT), to Bristol ID Technologies of Lima, NY and Plastek Cards, Inc. of Fort Wayne, IN. GPCI represented ACT in these transactions.

"We have now licensed 25 companies for ACT," said Kathlene Ingham, GPC's Director of Licensing, "and we are gratified with our successes to date."

ACT's U.S. Patent Nos. 5,720,158 and 5,921,584 generally relate to gift, loyalty and phone cards, as well as other card products that fall within the scope of the patents.

GPC has also successfully represented ACT in four lawsuits related to these patents.

About Advanced Card Technologies LLC

Advanced Card Technologies LLC (ACT) of Suffern, NY is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, an affiliate of GPCI. ACT is the owner of U.S. Patent Nos. 5,720,158 entitled "Information Card Package" and 5,921,584 entitled "Card Display Package." A non-exclusive license under these patents is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000, x107. For more information on ACT, please visit www.advanced-card.com.

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DTL Settles Lawsuit with Cingular and AT&T Mobility; Licenses Key Cell Phone Patent

General Patent Corporation Acts as Licensing Agent

Suffern, NY - March 10, 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 settled its patent infringement lawsuits against Cingular Wireless and AT&T Mobility.

The lawsuit against Cingular Wireless was filed in April 2006 in the Eastern District of Texas (2:06 CV 156) for the infringement of DTL's U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 ('799 Patent) by GSM cellular telephone systems and services. A second lawsuit was filed against AT&T Mobility (formerly known as Cingular Wireless) in November of 2007 in the District of New Jersey for the infringement of the '799 Patent by UMTS cellular services. Both lawsuits have been settled, and AT&T Mobility has licensed the '799 Patent.

"The settlement with AT&T Mobility and Cingular follows licensing deals with Nokia, Ericson and Samsung," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman & CEO. He continued, "This latest agreement is with the largest cell phone service provider in the US."

DTL owns U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled "Digital Output Transducer." DTL believes that the technology covered by this patent is used in Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards including GSM and UMTS. The patented technology is also used to assure backward compatibility of cell phone handsets and base stations.

GPC represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of the Patent. DTL has also brought patent infringement suits against Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies.

"We are pleased to have been able to reach an amicable settlement with Cingular," said Paul Lerner, GPC's General Counsel. "Now we can focus on licensing the rest of the industry."

Digital Technology Licensing has been represented by the law firm of Lerner, David, Littenberg, Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP (LDLKM), a well-known patent litigation boutique. LDLKM also represents DTL in related lawsuits against Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint/Nextel and Motorola.

"After litigating this case for almost two years we were all ready to go to trial," said Stephen Roth of LDLKM, a lead counsel in both cases. "We settled this case a week before the jury selection."

About 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 an idea incubator affiliated with 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.

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GPC Subsidiary Awarded Permanent Injunction, Treble Damages, Attorney Fees in Patent Suit Against Lycom, Advance Creative

Suffern, NY - February 26, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC) announced today that it obtained a permanent injunction, treble damages and attorneys' fees in its lawsuit against Lycom and Advance Creative, an important victory in its patent enforcement campaign on behalf of its subsidiary, Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon).

Acticon brought a patent infringement suit against Lycom Technology, Inc. (Lycom) and Advance Creative Computer Corp. (Advance Creative), both of Taiwan, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (Case No. 06 Civ 4316). Two other defendants, Heisei Electronics Co., Ltd. of Taiwan and Heisei USA, LLC of Azusa, CA, ultimately agreed to settle the lawsuit and to take a license under the Acticon patents.

Lycom and Advance Creative, however, failed to answer the Complaint, and a default judgment was entered against them. After an inquest on damages, the Court found willful infringement and ordered compensatory damages, treble damages for willfulness, and pre-judgment interest. The Court also found the case exceptional and ordered defendants to pay attorneys' fees and costs, and issued a permanent injunction barring these defendants from selling the infringing products in the U.S.

"This is an example of the lengths to which GPCI will go to enforce the intellectual property rights of its clients," said Paul Lerner, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel for GPC.

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

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Patent Expert Takes On Proposed Legislation in National Newspaper

"Reform Will Undermine Patent System," Alexander Poltorak Writes in Christian Science Monitor Op-ed

Suffern, NY - January 29, 2008 - Alexander Poltorak, chairman and CEO of General Patent Corporation, condemned patent legislation being considered by the Senate in an opinion essay published yesterday in The Christian Science Monitor. The article can be viewed online at www.csmonitor.com/2008/0128/p09s02-coop.html?page=1.

"Despite the fact that improvement in some fashion is needed, this sweeping reform, if made law, will undermine the core of the patent system in the United States," Poltorak wrote in the article. "It will mean weaker protection for small inventors, university researchers, and entrepreneurs across America."

The proposed legislation has been approved by the House of Representatives and cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee this fall. It has been the subject of much lobbying efforts and is expected to come to a vote by the Senate in February.

Poltorak has been critical of this legislation from its inception, arguing that the system's current flaws will not be addressed in the current reform bill. The coauthor of two books on patents and intellectual property, Poltorak founded the nonprofit American Innovators for Patent Reform and has been widely quoted as an expert on patents and intellectual property in the news media.

"An 'apportionment of damages' provision ... chips away at the economic value of patents," Poltorak charges in the article. "Post-grant oppositions ... would throw a cloud of uncertainty over all issued patents," he continues. "Other proposed changes take the teeth out of patents and make rights harder to enforce."

Poltorak not only criticizes the proposed reform for what it does, but laments it for what it doesn't do - address ambiguities and flaws in the present system. One such example is the inventor's right to exclude, which was muddied by the Supreme Court's recent eBay decision. "Congress should correct this by giving an inventor the ability to stop an infringer from unauthorized use of a patented invention," proposes Poltorak.

Based in Boston, The Christian Science Monitor is a national daily publication.

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DTL Licenses Key Cell Phone Patent to Samsung; GPC Acts as Licensing Agent

Suffern, NY - January 28, 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 Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.

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.

"We are very pleased to extend a non-exclusive license to Samsung," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO.

GPC represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of the Patent. DTL brought patent infringement suits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. Samsung was not a party to any of these lawsuits. Previously, DTL announced that Nokia and Ericsson licensed its Patent.

About 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 an idea incubator affiliated with IP Holdings LLC. DTL 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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DTL Licenses Key Cell Phone Patent to Ericsson

General Patent Corporation acts as licensing agent

Suffern, NY - January 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 Ericsson, Inc., Ericsson AB, and LM Ericsson Telefonaktiebolaget (Ericsson).

The agreement with Ericsson follows a licensing deal reached earlier with Nokia for DTL, which owns a key patent for modern cellular technology.

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.

GPC represents Digital Technologies Licensing LLC in the licensing and enforcement of the DTL Patent. DTL brought patent infringement suits against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless, T-Mobile and Sprint and other companies. Ericsson was not a party to any of these lawsuits.

"We are very pleased to extend a non-exclusive license to Ericsson," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO.

About 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 an idea incubator affiliated with IP Holdings LLC. DTL 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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DTL Licenses Key Cell Phone Patent to Nokia

General Patent Corporation acts as licensing agent

Suffern, NY - January 15, 2008 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today a major licensing agreement between its client, Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), and Nokia for a widely used and essential piece of patented cell phone technology.

The agreement with Nokia constitutes the first major licensing deal for DTL, which owns an essential patent for the cell phone technology.

"We are very pleased to have arranged this agreement on behalf of our client, DTL," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO. "This license agreement is a resounding endorsement of our client's innovation and foresight."

The patented technology is essential to using Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec, an audio data compression algorithm used for speech coding that is widely employed in GSM standard for cell phone communications. The patented technology also provides backward compatibility, which allows cell phones to effectively communicate with older technology in existing cellular towers.

DTL is pursuing litigation with Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Sprint/Nextel and Motorola for infringement of the DTL patent, titled Digital Output Transducer. The licensing agreements reached with Nokia did not involve litigation.

About 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 an idea incubator affiliated with IP Holdings LLC. DTL 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. For more information, please visit www.digitaltechnologylicensing.com.

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GPC'S CEO Alex Poltorak Featured in 2 Articles, Quoted in Others

Suffern, NY - January 8, 2008 - It was a very good year for General Patent Corporation. Besides numerous legal victories and new licensees, the company received several mentions in the media in 2007.

Over the course of the year, GPC's Chairman and CEO, Alexander Poltorak, was featured in two articles and quoted in several others. He was featured in an IP Investor cover story, "He Wrote the Book" and profiled by Rockland Magazine in "Creative Genius." He was also quoted by Fortune Small Business / CNNMoney.com and Bloomberg News and interviewed on Bloomberg Radio (click here for transcript and audio file).

Poltorak and the GPC team look forward to an even better year in 2008, creating wealth for our clients from their wealth of ideas.

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