OTTAWA, CANADA and SUFFERN, USA--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2012) - Wi-LAN Inc. ("WiLAN") (TSX:WIN) (NASDAQ:WILN) and General Patent Corporation ("GPC") today announced the formation of a new venture that will focus on patent acquisition and monetization. Under the terms of the agreement, WiLAN will provide a financial investment for the purposes of acquiring patents. GPC will be responsible for day-to-day operations.
"This is an exciting new venture that leverages the strengths of our two organizations," said Jim Skippen, President & CEO. "I believe that GPC, a company with a long standing and successful history of helping inventors enforce and monetize patents, is well positioned to lead this venture."
"GPC is pleased to collaborate with WiLAN to identify and acquire new patents and patent portfolios," said Alexander Poltorak, Chairman & CEO, GPC. "This is an important enterprise that we expect to reap results for years to come."
The dispute between the two companies is fully resolved. "Our dispute was the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding. Both parties are pleased to have it behind us and to be moving forward together on an exciting new venture," added Skippen.
WiLAN, founded in 1992, is a leading technology innovation and licensing company. WiLAN has licensed its intellectual property to over 260 companies worldwide. Inventions in our portfolio have been licensed by companies that manufacture or sell a wide range of communication and consumer electronics products including 3G and 4G handsets, Wi-Fi-enabled laptops, Wi-Fi and broadband routers, xDSL infrastructure equipment, cellular base stations and digital television receivers. WiLAN has a large and growing portfolio of more than 3,000 issued or pending patents. For more information: www.wilan.com.
About General Patent Corporation
General Patent Corporation, headquartered in Suffern, New York, 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. GPC is the oldest patent enforcement firm in the world. For more information, visit www.generalpatent.com.
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