General Patent Settles with Telephone Companies On Behalf of Forward Technologies

SUFFERN, NY, October 25, 2004 — On behalf of Forward Technologies LLC, General Patent Corporation (GPC) announced an important milestone in its patent enforcement campaign. GPC recently obtained the 10th settlement under Forward Technologies’ U.S. Patent No. 4,475,009, for its Method and Device for Remotely Controlling Telephone Call Forwarding. GPC, a leading contingency patent licensing and enforcement firm located in Suffern, New York, represented Forward Technologies in all 10 settlement transactions.

Telephone companies who have settled with Forward Technologies to date include Telepacific Communications, Paetec Communications, Valor Telecommunications, Grand River Mutual Telephone, Garden Valley Telephone, Mid-Missouri Telephone, and Melrose Telephone. In addition, Pacific Bell Telephone Company and its parent company, SBC Communications, Inc. (NYSE:SBC), settled earlier this year during the course of a pending patent infringement lawsuit brought by Forward Technologies.

The Remote Call Forwarding technology covered by the subject patent, co-invented by Elliot Rais and Daniel Fogel, pertains to controlling telephone call forwarding from a remote location. This technology is available to subscribers of most telephone companies.

“We are pleased to see that the telephone companies are finally recognizing the important contribution of the inventors to the industry,” said Paul Lerner, General Counsel of GPC, “and we hope that the rest of the telcos who offer remote call forwarding will respect the intellectual property of Forward Technologies.”

About Forward Technologies

Forward Technologies LLC is the owner of United States Patent No. 4,475,009, “Method and Device for Remotely Controlling Telephone Call Forwarding,” which expired in November of 2001. For further information, contact Kathlene Ingham, GPC’s Director of Licensing, at (845) 368-4000 ext. 107.