Ositech Communications Named in Patent Lawsuit Filed by Acticon Technologies

SUFFERN, NY, August 7, 2001 - Ositech Communications, Inc., Guelph, ON Canada (Ositech), has been named in a patent infringement lawsuit by Acticon Technologies LLC (Acticon), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Patent Corporation (GPC). The suit seeks to enforce four of Acticon's patents that cover specific aspects of PC Card modems, other PCMCIA form-factor communications and IO devices, and smart connectors. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

"Litigation is always the last option for us," said Paul Lerner, GPCI's general counsel and senior vice president. "However, Ositech was notified of the infringement in April of 2000 and we feel that we have exhausted our earnest efforts to resolve this matter." He added, "We intend to proceed resolutely with this law suit in order to enforce our proprietary rights."

GPCI has successfully enforced these patents on behalf of its subsidiary, Acticon, through litigation in five separate courts. The defendants in these litigations included IBM, Smart Modular Technologies, Motorola, U.S. Robotics Corp. (now 3Com), Xircom, Boca Research, and many other companies. All of the defendants in these litigations have taken a license under the patents.

"GPCI's licensing and enforcement efforts have resulted in the overwhelming acceptance of these patents by more than 85% of the modem industry," said Dr. Steven Farago, Acticon's chief technologist and the named inventor on three of the four patents-in-suit.