General Patent Corporation

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General Patent Corporation
IndustryIntellectual Property
Founded1987, Incorporated 1989
Key people
Alexander I. Poltorak, Chairman & CEO
Michael Shanahan, Vice President & General Counsel
Alec Schibanoff, Vice President of Marketing
Kathlene Ingham, Director of Licensing

Advisory Board of Directors
Bruce Lehman
Jack Granowitz
ProductsPatent licensing and enforcement
Intellectual property consulting and advisory services
Intellectual property brokerage
SubsidiariesActicon Technologies LLC
Advanced Card Technologies LLC
Digital Technology Licensing LLC
Leighton Technologies LLC
Ryogen LLC

General Patent Corporation (GPC) is an intellectual property (IP) firm headquartered in Suffern, New York[1] that provides patent licensing and enforcement on a contingency basis. GPC also provides IP advisory services including strategy, management, patent portfolio mining, patent triage, technology transfer, and other IP-related services. The company has been privately held since it was founded in 1987 by Alexander Poltorak to assist inventors and IP owners in licensing and enforcing their IP rights.[1] The company was incorporated in 1989.

Since 1996, GPC has been actively licensing and enforcing a portfolio of “smart connector” patents. In 1997, GPC filed two patent infringement suits against IBM and U.S. Robotics in the Southern District of New York and Against Hayes and seven modem manufacturers in the Central District of California. In 1998 GPC sued Motorola.[2] All defendants settled by taking a license under the patents.

In 2000, GPC spun off the “smart connector” business into a wholly owned subsidiary, Acticon Technologies LLC.[3] To date, after winning patent reexamination proceeding at the USPTO and successfully litigating 26 patent infringement lawsuits, GPC licensed the Acticon "smart connector" patents to more than 150 companies.[4] GPCI successfully represented Moen Technologies LLC in its litigation against The Coca-Cola Company[5] and PepsiCo;[6] Forward Technologies LLC vs. SBC Communications;[7] Scieran Technologies, Inc. vs. Bausch & Lomb;[8] Trounson Automation LLC vs. Yaskawa et al.,[9] Leighton Technologies LLC vs. Oberthur,[10] and many other patent infringement cases.

The idea incubator was spun off in 2000 as IP Holdings LLC, which later became the financial arm of GPC. In the 2007-2009 period, AT&T, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, LG, Motorola, T-Mobile, and Samsung all settled patent infringement lawsuits and agreed to license a key cellphone patent from Digital Technology Licensing LLC a subsidiary of GPC.[11]


  1. ^ a b Licensing boutiques help inventors with patent claims against big companies. (New York Times) By TERESA RIORDAN June 10, 2002
  2. ^ Motorola Named in Patent Suit Filed by General Patent Corporation International.
  3. ^ [1] "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2007-01-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ General Patent is Successful in Its 20th Litigation to Enforce Acticon's Patents; General Patent Is Successful in Its 21st Litigation to Enforce Acticon’s Patents; General Patent is Successful in Its 23rd Litigation to Enforce Acticon's Patents. Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine; General Patent is Successful in Litigation to Enforce 'Smart Connector' Patents
  5. ^ Moen Technologies Settles its Patent Suit Against Coca Cola. Archived 2006-08-23 at the Wayback Machine General Patent Scores a New Victory In Its Latest Patent Enforcement Campaign; Moen Technologies Settles Its Patent Suit Against Coca Cola.
  6. ^ Lycos Retriever: Search results for pepsico[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ General Patent Settles with Telephone Companies On Behalf of Forward Technologies Archived 2006-07-14 at the Wayback Machine; General Patent Scores a New Victory in its Latest Patent Enforcement Campaign; Forward Technologies Settles its Patent Suit Against Pacific Bell and SBC Communications; General Patent Corporation Scores a Patent Enforcement Victory as Forward Technologies Settles Suit Against Pacific Bell and SBC Communications; General Patent Settles With Telephone Companies On Behalf Of Forward Technologies.
  8. ^ Scieran Technologies Settles Law Suit with Bausch & Lomb.
  9. ^ Trounson Automation Settles Lawsuit with Yaskawa Electric General Patent Corporation Represented Trounson Automation in this Transaction Archived 2006-11-08 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ NYSD White Plains 7:04-cv-02496 Leighton Technologies LLC v. Oberthur Card Systems, S.A
  11. ^ One-patent company snags deal with AT&T EE Times by Rick Merritt 03/11/2008

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