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Ryogen Licenses Human Aminopeptidase P Gene Patent to OriGene Technologies

Suffern, NY - August 15, 2006 - Ryogen LLC (Ryogen) headquartered in Suffern, NY and OriGene Technologies Inc., of Rockwell, MD (OriGene) announced today that they have entered into a nonexclusive license agreement whereby OriGene has licensed from Ryogen the patent directed to the clinically important Aminopeptidase P gene.

The US Patent No. 6,399,349 titled "Human Aminopeptidase P Gene," which is the subject of the License Agreement, covers the XPNPEP2 gene that codes for the clinically important protein, membrane-bound aminopeptidase P (AmP) discovered by Dr. James Ryan in the sixties. Dr. Ryan, the Chief Scientist of Ryogen, subsequently sequenced the XPNPEP2 gene that codes for the AmP. This gene is a significant marker for hypertension, angioedema, rejection of kidney transplants, certain tumors and other diseases. This valuable patent covers the cDNA and gDNA sequences encoding AmP, a method of producing recombinant AmP, diagnostics for detecting AmP abnormalities, and prevention and treatment of medical conditions, associated with the mutation of the AmP gene.

"We are happy to extend a license under the AmP Patent to OriGene Technologies," said Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen's Vice President. "We look forward to working with OriGene to make this important discovery available for research applications," she concluded.

About Ryogen, LLC

Ryogen, LLC is a genetic company that is the owner of United States Patent No. 6,399,349 titled "Human Aminopeptidase P Gene" as well as 17 patent applications. Patent applications currently pending before the US Patent and Trademark Office are directed to other genes, playing important roles in various cancers, diabetes and obesity, hepatitis C, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's and several other diseases. Ryogen is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, an idea incubator headquartered in Suffern NY. Ryogen offers nonexclusive licenses under the AmP patent and patent applications to the research community on attractive terms. For licensing terms, contact Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen's Vice President, at (845) 368-4000 ext. 111. For more information about Ryogen visit www.ryogen.com.

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Acticon Technologies Settles Patent Infringement Suit with Askey

Suffern, NY - August 15, 2006 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, has scored 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 longstanding patent infringement lawsuit against Askey, its 24th successful litigation to enforce these patents.

Acticon brought suit against Askey Computer Corporation of Taiwan and Askey International Corporation of LaVerne, CA in June of 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey (Case No. 02-CV-2729). Askey ultimately agreed to settle, and to pay past damages on the patents-in-suit.

During the course of the lawsuit, Askey initiated reexamination proceedings at the USPTO for three of Acticon's patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"), 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface") and 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector"). The Patent Office disagreed with Askey's arguments that these patents were invalid in view of the prior art, and upheld all claims of all patents.

"We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the Askey litigation," said Paul Lerner, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel for GPC. "It was unfortunate that Askey chose litigation and reexamination proceedings over a simple licensing transaction; but the reexaminations were extremely beneficial to Acticon, the litigation is finally over, and we can now focus our attention on other remaining infringers," 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 24 litigations and one hundred thirty-six licensing and settlement transactions related to these patents.

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Ryogen Licenses Human Aminopeptidase P Gene Patent to R&D Systems

SUFFERN, NY, July 6, 2006 - Ryogen LLC, headquartered in Suffern, NY, announced today that the company has entered into a nonexclusive license agreement with Invitrogen Corporation (NASDAQ: IVGN), headquartered in Carlsbad, CA, whereby Invitrogen has licensed from Ryogen the patent directed to the clinically important Aminopeptidase P gene.

The US Patent No. 6,399,349 titled "Human Aminopeptidase P Gene," which is the subject of the License Agreement, covers the XPNPEP2 gene sequenced by Dr. James Ryan, Chief Scientist of Ryogen LLC. XPNPEP2 codes for the membrane-bound aminopeptidase P (AmP). This protein is a significant marker for hypertension, angioedema, rejection of kidney transplants, certain tumors and other diseases. The patent covers the cDNA and gDNA sequences encoding AmP, a method of producing recombinant AmP, diagnostics for detecting AmP abnormalities, and prevention and treatment of medical conditions, associated with the mutation of the AmP gene.

"We are happy to extend a license under the AmP Patent to Invitrogen," said Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen's Executive Vice President. "We look forward to working with Invitrogen on making this discovery available to the research community," she concluded.

About Ryogen, LLC

Ryogen, LLC is a genetic company that is the owner of United States Patent No. 6,399,349 titled "Human Aminopeptidase P Gene" as well as 17 patent applications. Patent applications currently pending before the US Patent and Trademark Office are directed to other genes, playing important roles in various cancers, diabetes and obesity, hepatitis C, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's and several other diseases. Ryogen is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, an idea incubator headquartered in Suffern NY. Ryogen offers nonexclusive licenses under the AmP patent and patent applications to the research community on attractive terms. For licensing terms, contact Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen's Vice President, at (845) 368-4000 ext. 111. For more information about Ryogen visit www.ryogen.com.

IP Holdings LLC (IPH) is an idea incubator affiliated with General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing firm (www.generalpatent.com). IPH invests in, develops, incubates, and assists in the commercialization of novel and promising technology, with a particular emphasis on the development and protection of intellectual property. For more information about IPH visit www.ip-holdings.com.

For further information on Ryogen, IP Holdings and GPC, contact Ryogen LLC, Montebello Park, 75 Montebello Road, Suffern, NY 10901-3740; telephone: (845) 368-4000 x111; e-mail: valeria@ryogen.com.

Ryogen, LLC

Company Website: http://www.ryogen.com

For More Information Contact:
Valeria Poltorak
Vice President
email: valeria@ryogen.com
voice: (845) 368-4000 x111

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Trounson Automation Settles Lawsuit with Yaskawa Electric

GPC Represented Trounson Automation in this Transaction

June 8, 2006 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading IP licensing and enforcement firm headquartered in Suffern, New York, announced today that it has settled on behalf of its client, Trounson Automation LLC (Trounson), a patent infringement lawsuit against Yaskawa Electric Corporation of Japan and Yaskawa Electric America of Illinois (Yaskawa). GPC represents Trounson in the licensing and enforcement of its patent.

GPC brought suit against Yaskawa on behalf of Trounson in August of 2005, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The parties ultimately agreed to amicably settle the dispute.

US Patent No. 5,926,389, "Computer Control System for Generating Geometric Designs", the patent-in-suit, covers a machine tool servo control system requiring only a single active processor.

"We are happy to have reached an amicable settlement for our client," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, "and we thank Blair Jacobs, Bob Gutkin and Rob Walters at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan for vigorously prosecuting this case in court."

"I am very pleased with the results of this law suit," said James Trounson, the inventor of the patent-in-suit. "I look forward to working with General Patent in the future to license the technology we developed throughout the industry."

About Trounson Automation LLC

Trounson Automation LLC is the owner of United States Patent No. 5,926,389, "Computer Control System for Generating Geometric Designs". Trounson is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC.

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Scieran Technologies Settles Law Suit with Bausch & Lomb

SUFFERN, NY, March 16, 2006 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Scieran Technologies, Inc. of Mission Viejo, Cal., that it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Scieran against Bausch & Lomb Incorporated of Rochester, NY (Bausch & Lomb).

GPC represents Scieran Technologies in the licensing and enforcement of US Patents 6,629,986 and 6,258,111, and brought a patent infringement suit against Bausch & Lomb in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware (04-1319). The complaint sought damages and a permanent injunction against Bausch & Lomb for the sale of its disposable high-speed vitrectomy cutters used in ophthalmic surgery. Bausch & Lomb ultimately agreed to settle the lawsuit.

The law firm of O'Connor Christensen & McLaughlin LLP of Irvine, Cal. represented Scieran Technologies as litigation counsel.

"We are happy to have reached an amicable settlement for our client," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, "and we thank Ed O'Connor and Craig McLaughlin at O'Connor Christensen & McLaughlin for vigorously prosecuting this case in court."

"We enjoyed working with General Patent in obtaining this settlement for Scieran Technologies," said Ed O'Connor, lead counsel in the case.

"I am absolutely delighted with the results of this settlement," said Rod Ross, President of Scieran Technologies and the inventor of the patents-in-suit. "I look forward to working with General Patent in the future to license the technology we developed and to enforce these patents."

About Scieran Technologies

Scieran Technologies of Mission Viejo, Cal. is the owner of US Patent Nos. 6,629,986 and 6,258,111, both entitled "Apparatus and Method for Performing Ophthalmic Procedures." A non-exclusive license under these patents is available on reasonable terms. For licensing terms, contact Paul Lerner at (845) 368-4000, x104.

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GPC Successful in its 23rd Litigation to Enforce Acticon's Patents

Acticon Technologies Settles Patent Infringement Suit with Startech.com, and Licenses Its "Programmable Connector" Patent to Several Other Companies

SUFFERN, NY, March 7, 2006 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, has scored 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 recently settled its lawsuit against Startech.com, its 23rd successful litigation to enforce these patents.

Acticon brought suit against Startech.com Ltd. of Ontario, Canada and Startech.com USA, LLP of Groveport, Ohio in September of 2005, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Startech.com ultimately agreed to pay past damages on all three patents-in-suit, and to take a license under the "Programmable Connector" patent.

"We will continue to vigorously enforce the intellectual property rights of Acticon Technologies," said Paul Lerner, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel of Acticon's parent, GPC.

Acticon's "smart connector" patents cover specific aspects of PC cards and other "smart connector" devices used in mobile computer communication, networking, and instrumentation control. GPC has successfully represented Acticon in 23 litigations and over one hundred and thirty licensing negotiations related to these patents.

In addition, the following companies have recently licensed Acticon's "Programmable Connector" patent: Evertek Computer Corp. of Oceanside, CA; Synthax, Inc. of Boardman, OH; PPA, Inc. of City of Industry, CA; Village Tronic of Hildesheim, Germany; ACRA Control of Dublin, Ireland; Avermedia Technologies of Taiwan; and Aten International Co. of Taiwan.

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") (now expired), 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface") (now expired), 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface") (now expired), and 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector"). Acticon Technologies offers non-exclusive licenses under the '470 patent on attractive terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000, x107. For more information on Acticon visit www.acticontech.com.

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GPC Wins Reexaminations for ACT's Patents

SUFFERN, NY, December 27, 2005 - General Patent Corporation (GPC) 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, GPC's Assistant General Counsel. "The question of the validity of these patents has now been put to rest."

About Advanced Card Technologies

Advanced Card Technologies LLC, based in Suffern, NY, is an IP Holdings' portfolio company that licenses patents relating to packages for gift, phone, and other types of cards. Advanced Card Technologies currently licenses U.S. Patent Nos. 5,720,158 ("Information Card Package") and 5,921,584 ("Card Display Package") and other pending patent applications. For licensing terms, contact Neil Cohen at (845) 368-4000, x105. For more information visit www.advanced-card.com.

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General Patent, Client Upstream Technologies Settle Lawsuit with Truck Accessories Group

SUFFERN, NY, November 1, 2005 - General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading contingency IP licensing and enforcement firm headquartered in Suffern, New York, announced today that it has settled on behalf of its client, Upstream Technologies LLC (Upstream), a patent infringement lawsuit against Truck Accessories Group, Inc. of Elkhart, Indiana (TAG). GPC represents Upstream in the enforcement of its patent.

GPC brought suit against TAG on behalf of Upstream in March of 2005, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The parties ultimately agreed to amicably settle the lawsuit.

US Patent No. 6,286,891, "Removable Front Camper Shell Window Assembly," the patent-in-suit, covers camper shell window assemblies for pickup trucks, which are widely used in the camper industry.

"We are happy to have obtained this settlement for our client," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, "and we hope that the rest of the industry will respect this intellectual property without the need for litigation."

About Upstream LLC

Upstream LLC is the owner of United States Patent No. 6,286,891, "Removable Front Camper Shell Window Assembly". Upstream is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC.

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Sticky Web Signs Letter Of Intent with GPC and IP Holdings

BOCA RATON, FL., September 26, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) - Sticky Web, Inc. (PINK SHEETS: SIKY), a pioneer in OPT-IN e-mail technology, announced today that it has signed a Letter of Intent with General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading intellectual property firm, and its affiliate idea incubator, IP Holdings LLC.

The Letter of Intent contemplates establishing a joint venture between Sticky Web, Inc. and IP Holdings LLC for the purposes of licensing a proprietary bulk e-mail technology protected by the US Patent No. 6,631,400.

“We are very excited about this development,” said Thomas L. DiStefano III, the CEO of Sticky Web, Inc. “General Patent is well known for its successes in patent commercialization and we are looking forward to working with them in realizing the value of our intellectual property,” he concluded.

The estimated market spending on permission-based, or OPT-IN, e-mail marketing, including list rentals, is growing to over $7 billion by 2005 according to independent studies by Jupitermedia, META Group/IMT Strategies and Forrester Research. This research does not include revenues generated from the SPAM industry.

About Sticky Web, Inc.

Sticky Web, Inc. is a developer and provider of technologies related to electronic document publishing, e-mail management and distribution, e-commerce tools, electronic document access and online collaboration. These proprietary technologies are protected by a portfolio of US patents and pending patent applications. For more information visit www.stickywebinc.com.

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General Patent Corporation Wins Reexamination for Acticon Patents

SUFFERN, NY, September 20, 2005 - General Patent Corporation (GPC) announced an important victory in its patent enforcement campaign on behalf of its wholly-owned subsidiary, Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon). The reexamination of three of Acticon's patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the USPTO) upheld the validity of all of the claims of all three patents.

The reexamination proceedings at the USPTO were initiated by Askey Corporation (Askey) in response to a patent infringement law suit brought by Acticon against Askey. Reexamination was requested for three of Acticon's patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface"), 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface") and 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector"). The Patent Office disagreed with the applicant's arguments alleging that these patents were invalid in view of the prior art.

During the reexamination of the '470 Patent, approximately 120 U.S. patents, 10 foreign patents, and 34 non-patent publications were brought to the attention of the Patent Office, which nevertheless found that the "volumes of prior art cited by the requester have been reviewed in detail. However, the examiner does not agree with any of the proposed anticipation/obviousness conclusions drawn by the requestor."

Acticon's patents cover specific aspects of "smart connector" devices used in mobile computer communication, networking, and instrumentation control. GPC has successfully represented Acticon in 22 litigations related to these patents, and has obtained to date 133 licenses and settlements under the patents.

"We were confident from the outset of these proceedings that the inventions embodied in these patents would be found to have been patentable, and that the claims of the patents would be preserved," said Paul Lerner, GPC's Senior Vice President and General Counsel. "The question of the validity of these patents has now been put to rest."

About Acticon Technologies LLC

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 is based on U.S. Patent Nos. 4,603,320 ("Connector Interface") (now expired), 4,686,506 ("Multiple Connector Interface") (now expired), 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector"), and 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem") (now expired). Acticon Technologies offers non-exclusive licenses under the '470 patent on attractive terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368- 4000, x107. For more information visit www.acticontech.com.

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