The originator of the "Active Connector" technology, Acticon is an IP company that licensed its proprietary intellectual property related to computer connectivity and communications to OEMs. The Acticon "Smart Connector" technology is a de facto industry standard licensed by over 95% of the PC (or PCMCIA) cards sold in the U.S., and it is used for computer connectivity, networking and telecommunications, CompactFlash and other small form-factors.
Acticon Technologies LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Patent Corporation (GPC), which was also the exclusive licensing agent for Acticon. The Acticon portfolio consisted of five U.S. Patents, all of which have expired.
Over several years, through both litigation and negotiation, General Patent Corporation secured over 150 licensees for the Acticon patent portfolio!
To read about the patent enforcement campaign that succeeded beyond inventor Steven Farago’s wildest dreams, read “Everything you ever wanted to know about intellectual property but couldn’t afford to ask” (American Venture magazine, August 2003).