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General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Lawsuit with Fanuc

Fanuc Takes a License under Trounson Automation’s CNC Patent

Suffern, N.Y. – April 23, 2013 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, announced today that it settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed by its subsidiary, Trounson Automation LLC, against Fanuc Corporation and its U.S. affiliate, Fanuc FA America Corporation (Fanuc). As part of the settlement, Fanuc took a license under the Trounson Automation patent on single processor computer numeric control (CNC).

This settlement resolves Trounson Automation LLC v. Fanuc Corporation and Fanuc FA America Corporation (7:12-cv-05979) filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on August 3, 2012. The patent-at-suit was U.S. Patent No. 5,926,389 “Computer Control System for Generating Geometric Designs.”

“We are pleased to have reached an amicable resolution of this case,” said Anthony Amaral, Chief IP Counsel at General Patent Corporation.

About Trounson Automation
Trounson Automation LLC is the owner of U.S. Patent No. 5,926,389 and is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, a member of the GPC Group of Companies. General Patent Corporation is the manager of Trounson Automation. A non-exclusive license for the ‘389 patent is available. For licensing terms, please contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000 x107. For more information, please visit www.trounsonautomation.com.

About General Patent Corporation
General Patent Corporation is a leading intellectual property boutique focusing on patent licensing and enforcement. GPC represents inventors, businesses, universities and other patentees in patent assertion matters by managing and financing patent litigation on a contingency basis. GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the U.S., and is the manager of Trounson Automation LLC. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.

About IP Holdings
IP Holdings LLC is an IP-centric merchant banking organization that provides IP advisory services, patent valuation, IP-related financial services and IP brokerage services, and operates an idea incubator. For more information, visit www.ip-holdings.com.

Ryogen Receives Nine Human Gene Patents in 2012

Ryogen Portfolio of 23 Issued Patents Cover Genes Associated with Several Cancers, Diabetes, Obesity, Pancreatitis, Hepatitis, Lupus, Asthma, Hypertension and Alzheimer’s Disease

Suffern, NY – February 12, 2013 – Ryogen LLC, a genomic research and development company focusing on genes implicated in clinical diseases, had a very fruitful year in 2012, further developing its Intellectual Property portfolio. In 2012, Ryogen was awarded nine new patents, bringing the total number of issued U.S. Patents to 23 with 18 patent applications pending approval at the U.S. Patent Office.

Ryogen’s patents and patent applications are directed to genes that play important roles in various cancers, diabetes, obesity, hepatitis C, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer's and other diseases. They cover large segments of human chromosomes X, 1, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 17 and 19.

“We are very pleased that the USPTO has awarded us these patents,” said Dr. James W. Ryan, the named inventor on the patents and Chief Scientist at Ryogen. “We can now license this technology to the research facilities that can turn them into tomorrow’s diagnostics, drugs and treatments.”

“Ryogen is becoming one of the major gene patent holders,” said Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen’s Executive Vice President. “Ryogen’s patents are available for licensing to the research and biotech community.”

About Ryogen LLC

Ryogen LLC, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., a genomics R&D company, owns an intellectual property (IP) portfolio of 23 gene patents and several patent applications directed to various genes with potentially important applications in biomedical research and, ultimately, diagnostics and drug development. Ryogen was formed with the purpose of making its intellectual property accessible to researchers via licensing of its patents. Ryogen is a business unit in the idea incubator operated by IP Holdings LLC, and Ryogen is managed by General Patent Corporation (GPC). For further information, visit www.ryogen.com.

The new additions to the Ryogen patent portfolio include:

  • U.S. Patent No. 8,338,100 “Isolated Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 12 that Encode Human Carboxypeptidase M” is directed to the region of a genomic sequence encoding a protein associated with monocyte to macrophage differentiation. It is believed to play significant role in the buying generic cialis control of peptide hormone and growth factor activity at the cell surface, and in the membrane-localized degradation of extracellular proteins. It is implicated in choriocarcinoma as well as lung cancer.
  • U.S. Patents Nos. 8,323,884 and 8,313,899 “Isolated SNARE YKT6 Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 7 and their Uses” claim an isolated nucleic acid molecule that encodes a polypeptide which has SNARE YKT6 activity and is one of the highly conserved from yeast to human molecules. Abnormalities in this gene are tied to severe mental disorders and breast cancer.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,313,910 “Isolated Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 12 that Encode Human Mouse Double Minute 2 Homolog” teaches a method of isolation of specific parts of genomic sequence, which encodes a protein, regulating the tumor suppressor gene p53, the so called “guardian of genome;” it can act as an alternative to cytotoxic chemotherapy in many tumor cells.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,313,900 “Isolated DNA Directed 50kD Regulatory Subunit (POLD2) Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 7 and their Uses” is focused on a genomic nucleic acid that encodes a protein involved in DNA replication and repair.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,283,118 “Isolated Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 19 that Encode Human Syntaxin Binding protein 2” relates to the gene encoding polypeptide binding to syntaxins disposed largely in placenta, lung, liver, kidney, peripheral lymphocytes and pancreas. It is believed to play a role in vesicular transport between the Golgi apparatus and the cell membrane in cheap generic cialis non-neuronal tissues.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,258,273 “Isolated Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 10q25.3 that Encode Human Soluble Aminopeptidase P” claims contiguous DNA (and corresponding RNA) sequence segments encoding soluble aminopeptidase P that is believed to be important in the maturation and degradation of peptide hormones, neuropeptides, and tachykinins, as well as in the digestion of otherwise resistant dietary protein fragments, complementing the pancreatic peptidases.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,241,849 “Isolated Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments that Encode Human Lipoprotein-associated Phospholipase A2” teaches a method of identifying presence of the polynucleotide encoding this polypeptide, which plays an important role in the development of atherosclerosis and is regarded as an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease. Concentrations of this protein are altered in several disease states, such as systemic lupus erythematosis, stroke and asthma.
  • U.S. Patent No. 8,178,662 “Isolated AEBP1 Genomic Polynucleotide Fragments from Chromosome 7 and their Uses” claims a genomic region encoding protein AEBP1 that is thought to play a role in differentiated vascular smooth muscle cells, in inflammation, obesity, cancer and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

The complete list of the issued patents with their descriptions is available at the Patents page of Ryogen’s website.

About General Patent Corporation

General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., is a leading intellectual property (IP) boutique focusing on patent licensing and patent enforcement. GPC is the managing member of Ryogen LLC. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.

General Patent Corporation Settles Patent Infringement Lawsuit with Giesecke & Devrient

Giesecke & Devrient Licenses Leighton Technologies’ “Contactless Cards” Patents

Suffern, N.Y. – May 8, 2012 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent licensing and enforcement firm, settled a patent infringement lawsuit filed on behalf of its subsidiary, Leighton Technologies LLC (Leighton), with Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc. of Dulles, Virginia. Leighton Technologies LLC v. Giesecke & Devrient America, Inc. (1:2011cv04803) was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in July 2011.

As a result of the settlement, Giesecke & Devrient has licensed Leighton Technologies’ portfolio of six “Contactless Cards” and related patents. The Leighton patent portfolio covers a hot lamination process for the manufacture of contact and contactless smart cards and RFID cards.

“We are pleased to resolve this dispute amicably,” said Anthony Amaral, Chief IP Counsel of General Patent Corporation.

About General Patent Corporation
General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, N.Y., is a leading intellectual property boutique focusing on patent licensing and enforcement. GPC represents inventors, businesses, universities and other patent owners in patent assertion matters by managing and financing patent litigation on a contingency basis. GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the U.S. and is the managing member of Leighton Technologies LLC. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.

About Leighton Technologies LLC
Leighton Technologies LLC is the owner of six “Contactless Cards” and related U.S. Patents:

  1. 5,817,207: “Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards”
  2. 6,036,099: “Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card and product resulting therefrom”
  3. 6,214,155: “Radio frequency identification card and hot lamination process for the manufacture of radio frequency identification cards”
  4. 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”
  5. 6,557,766: “Hot lamination method for a hybrid radio frequency optical memory card converting sheets into a web process”
  6. 6,514,367: “Hot lamination process for the manufacture of a combination contact/contactless smart card”

Leighton Technologies is a portfolio company of IP Holdings LLC, and is managed by General Patent Corporation. A non-exclusive license under these patents is available on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For licensing terms, please contact Kathlene Ingham at (845) 368-4000 x107. The litigation filed by Leighton Technologies LLC, and the settlements and licensees it has secured for its patent portfolio, are detailed at www.leighton-tech.com.

"Leighton Licenses RFID Patents To HID Global," Law360.com, November 30, 2009 (Subscription required) - General Patent Corp. announced that HID Global Corp. has entered a licensing agreement as part of the settlement of two suits it filed against IP Holdings portfolio company Leighton Technologies LLC and its founder over patents related to the lamination process for contactless radio frequency identification “smart” cards.

General Patent Corporation Licenses DTL Patent to Plantronics and Sennheiser

Suffern, NY, May 5, 2009 − General Patent Corporation (GPC), the leading patent licensing and patent enforcement firm, announced today on behalf of its client, Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL), that it has licensed DTL's patent to Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE: PLT) and Sennheiser Communications A/S of Denmark.

DTL owns U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 titled “Digital Output Transducer,” which is an essential patent for digital studio microphones. The patented technology also covers Adaptive Multi-Rate (AMR) codec and other cellular communication standards and is 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 Plantronics and Sennheiser for their Bluetooth headsets and microphones,” said Paul Lerner, General Patent’s Sr. Vice President and General Counsel.

General Patent Corporation represents DTL in the licensing and enforcement of the ‘799 Patent. DTL brought patent infringement litigation against Verizon Wireless, Cingular Wireless (now known as AT&T Mobility), T-Mobile, Sprint and other companies. GPC previously announced that Nokia, Ericsson, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung, LG and others had licensed DTL’s Patent, and that all litigation except for Verizon, Sprint and Kyocera had been settled.

About Digital Technology Licensing LLC

Digital Technology Licensing LLC 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 General Patent Corporation

General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, New York, represents clients in patent enforcement and assertive licensing matters on a contingency basis. GPC also provides IP valuation, IP strategy and patent brokerage services. General Patent is the premier patent enforcement firm in the U.S., and is the managing member of DTL. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.

Ryogen is Awarded Patents on Two Human Genes

Suffern, NY, February 24, 2009 — Ryogen LLC, a genetic company headquartered in Suffern, New York, announced today that it has been awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office two patents on human genes.

U.S. Patent Nos. 7,468,266 titled “Isolated genomic polynucleotide fragments that encode human lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2” and 7,470,522 , titled “Isolated genomic polynucleotide fragments encoding human resistin and the human syntaxin binding protein 2” cover isolated genomic polynucleotide fragments that encode human lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2, human resistin, vectors and hosts containing these fragments and fragments hybridizing to noncoding regions as well as antisense oligonucleotides to these fragments and methods of using these fragments to obtain the coded proteins and to diagnose, treat, prevent and/or ameliorate a pathological disorder.

“I am very pleased that the U.S. Patent Office awarded us these patents,” said Dr. James W. Ryan, the named inventor and Chief Scientist of Ryogen.

“The claimed genes are directed to proteins, which are thought to play important roles in serious human diseases,” Dr. Ryan continued. “Human lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 is one of the enzymes that can initiate synthesis of proinflammatory mediators. The enzyme appears to play a central role in the development of atherosclerosis and is regarded as an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease. Its level has been found to be altered in patients with systemic lupus erythematosis, stroke and asthma. Resistin is involved in regulation of insulin effects and is believed to provide a link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes.”

“The patents are an important addition to Ryogen’s patent portfolio,” said Valeria Poltorak, Ryogen’s Executive Vice President. “We are planning to license the newly issued patents and make these genes widely available for research to promote the development of new methods of genetic diagnostics and treatment,” she concluded.

About Ryogen LLC

Ryogen LLC, headquartered in Suffern, NY, is a genomic start-up and a portfolio company of an idea incubator, operated by IP Holdings LLC, also located in Suffern, NY. Ryogen is managed by General Patent Corporation, a premier patent licensing and enforcement boutique.

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

General Patent Corp Settles Patent Infringement Litigation 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 the patent infringement litigation 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.

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 litigation 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 litigation 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 General Patent Corporation

General Patent Corporation (GPC), headquartered in Suffern, NY, is a premier intellectual property (IP) boutique focusing on patent licensing and patent enforcement, as well as IP strategy and IP valuation. GPC represents clients in assertive licensing and infringement matters on a contingency basis. General Patent, the oldest patent enforcement firm in the U.S., is the managing member of DTL. For more information on GPC, please visit www.generalpatent.com.

Motorola, General Patent Settle Patent Infringement Litigation 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 the patent infringement litigation 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 litigation on amicable terms and look forward to licensing the rest of the defendants in the remaining lawsuits."

DTL has also brought patent infringement litigation 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 GPCI. 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.

General Patent Obtains 150 Licenses for its Acticon Patent Portfolio

SUFFERN, N.Y., 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. GPCI 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 litigation 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, 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.

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 litigation 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 GPC. A non-exclusive license under the patent is available on reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. For more information, please visit DTL' s website.

One-patent company snags deal with AT&T

Rick Merritt
EE Times
(03/11/2008 7:45 PM EDT)

SAN JOSE, Calif. — AT&T will pay unspecified fees to a small licensing company which owns rights to a 16-year-old patent it claims covers fundamental cellphone technology. The deal is one of many intellectual property agreements between large corporations and a rising tide of small firms created solely to license one or more patents.

Digital Technology Licensing LLC (DTL; Suffern, N.Y.) has filed suit against Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon as well as handset and base station maker Motorola. Earlier this year the company struck licensing deals with Ericsson, Nokia and Samsung, all for unspecified licensing fees.

"The licensees have requested confidentiality of terms which is normal in these proceedings," Paul Lerner, general counsel of General Patent Corp. International (GPCI), a management company which owns a stake on DTL.

DTL owns U.S. Patent No. 5,051,799 which describes a so-called digital output transducer. The patent covers the adaptive multi-rate codec and other cellular communication standards used in GSM and UMTS cellular networks, technology that assures backward compatibility of cellphone handsets and base stations, according to the company.

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DTL Says Phone Cos. Infringe Transducer Patent
By Brendan Pierson, IPLaw360.com

Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007 - Patent-holding company Digital Technology Licensing LLC on Monday accused Motorola Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp.,
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA Inc. of infringing one of its patents on
signal encoding technology used in cell phones.

The so-called '799 patent describes a device known as a digital output
transducer, which can convert an analog input from a microphone, such as a
human voice, into a digital signal.

DTL made the allegations in its answer to a complaint filed by Motorola in the
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeking a
declaratory judgment that DTL's transducer patent is invalid.

DTL fired back with a counterclaim alleging that Motorola was infringing on
the patent in its cell phones. It also included a third-party complaint against
the three cell phone companies, saying that they infringed the patent by
selling Motorola phones to their customers.

“Sprint Nextel, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have directly and/or
contributorily infringed, and/or induced infringement of, and are continuing to
directly and/or contributorily infringe, and/or induce infringement of, the '799
Patent, by selling and offering to sell digital cellular telephones, and by using
and inducing others to use a digital cellular telephone system within the
scope of claim 20 of the '799 Patent,” DTL said.

“DTL has been damaged by the infringement by Sprint/Nextel, Verizon
Wireless and T-Mobile and is suffering, and will continue to suffer, irreparable
harm and damage as a result of this infringement unless such infringement is
enjoined by this court,” the company said.

DTL further alleged that the companies' infringement was willful, and so
warranted treble damages.

The dispute originated with three separate lawsuits filed by DTL against the
three cell phone companies in the U.S. District Court for the District of New
Jersey alleging infringement of the '799 patent.
It sued Verizon in 2005, and
the other two companies earlier this year.

The companies in turn asked Motorola to indemnify them for any damages
they had to pay for the infringement, since Motorola made the phones.

Motorola then filed the suit for declaratory judgment. It said in its complaint
that the '799 patent is invalid because its inventor deliberately chose not to
disclose relevant prior art, in the form of an earlier patent, to the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office during the patent's prosecution.

Steven Roth, a partner at Lerner, David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP
who represents DTL, said that DTL is preparing to file a motion asking to
have the New York and New Jersey cases consolidated.

“We think the Motorola case should be consolidated with the previously
pending New Jersey action,” Roth said. “The resolution of the Motorola case
can only be reached through resolution of the cellular phone companies'
liability.”

Sprint, Verizon and Motorola could not immediately be reached, and a
spokesperson T-Mobile declined to comment.
The patent at issue is U.S. Patent Number 5,051,799.

DTL is represented by David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik LLP. Motorola is
represented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Counsel for the phone companies could
not immediately be identified.

The case is Motorola Inc. v. Digital Technology Licensing Inc., case number
7:07-cv-10436 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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