SUFFERN, NY, April 29, 2004 -- General Patent Corporation (GPC) announced an important milestone in its patent enforcement campaign on behalf of Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon). GPC recently granted the 100th license under Acticon's portfolio of "smart connector" patents. Communication Automation Corporation of West Chester, Pennsylvania took a license under U.S. Patent No. 4,972,470 (Programmable Connector) for its specialty line of PC Cards. GPC, a leading contingency patent licensing and enforcement firm headquartered in Suffern, New York, represented Acticon in all 100 licensing 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 100 companies. But General Patent has been wonderful. They have left no stone unturned in enforcing the Acticon patents."
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.
"The remarkable success of this patent licensing and enforcement campaign is a testimony to the overwhelming acceptance of the Acticon 'smart connector' patents as a de facto industry standard," said Alexander Poltorak, GPC's Chairman and CEO. "We heartily congratulate the inventor, Dr. Farago."
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"), 4,972,470 ("Programmable Connector") and 4,543,450 ("Integrated Connector and Modem") (now expired). Acticon Technologies offers non-exclusive licenses under the '470 and '506 patents on attractive terms. For licensing terms, contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000, x107. For more information visit www.acticontech.com.