Suffern, NY - February 13, 2007 - 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 Margi Systems, Inc. of Fremont, CA (Margi), a subsidiary of Harman International Industries (Harman).
Acticon brought suit against Margi and several other defendants in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (Case No. 5:06CV-4679). Margi's parent company, Harman, ultimately agreed to settle, and to take a license and pay past damages on the patents-in-suit.
"We are very pleased to have Harman International as a licensee," said Paul Lerner, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel for GPC. "We can now focus our attention on the remaining defendants in the lawsuit," 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 25 lawsuits and one hundred forty licensing transactions related to these patents.