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Droplets, Inc. Adds International Patents for Its Rich Internet Application Technology

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Dallas, TX -- Droplets, Inc. announced today that the South Korean Patent Office has allowed Droplets' rich-thin client software patent (corresponding to its U.S. Patent No. 6,687,745 -- System and method for delivering a graphical user interface of remote applications over a thin bandwidth connection).

Earlier this year, Israel allowed Droplets' patent. The U.S. patent was issued in February 2004, and Australia was the first country to follow in issuing a patent there. Beyond the U.S., Australia, Israel and South Korea, patents are pending in other countries and regions.

Droplets' '745 patent relates to the system and method of accessing graphical user interfaces of remote applications over both private client/server networks and the public Internet (rich internet applications or "RIAs"). The patent further relates to novel user interaction capabilities such as accessing an application within a Web page and then dragging that application out to the PC desktop where it can continue to be accessed like any other piece of local software.

"We are delighted that Droplets' patent has been allowed here in South Korea," said Bill Moon, co-founder of Droplets-Asia-Pacific Co. Ltd. (DAP), which owns Droplets' exclusive sales and marketing rights for Korea. "The issuance of Droplets' patent in Korea now is a great boost in our competition for the fast growing RIA market here."

"Ten years ago, Droplets founders saw the rich-thin client architecture as the future for Internet applications," said Droplets CEO David Berberian Jr. "The fact that our technology is being protected in more and more countries is a confirmation of the quality of our patent."

Droplets is currently enforcing its '745 patent in the United States with a patent infringement lawsuit against Adobe Systems Inc. naming Adobe products Flex and Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR). The suit is scheduled for trial in December 2008 (Eastern District of Texas, case no. 2:2006-cv-00307 Droplets v. Adobe Systems and Polaris Venture Partners).

The Droplets technology enables software developers to create web applications that have the rich interaction and usability of native desktop software combined with the administrative ease, universal accessibility, and high security of server-based Web applications. Droplets applications use only approximately 10% of the network bandwidth of typical Web applications, thereby lowering enterprise costs and dramatically improving the responsiveness of applications for dial-up users and mobile wireless users. Droplets applications are cross-platform and can be accessed within Web pages or directly from PC desktops or mobile devices. The Droplets technology is able to offer these advantages because it leaves 100% of the application program code on the server and interacts with the user through generic rich-thin client software which interacts with the desktop operating system or the Web browser. Droplets applications can be written in standard Java, C++, and MicroFocus COBOL.

About Droplets

Droplets, Inc. is a privately held software company based in Dallas, Texas. Droplets' rich-thin client software is protected by U.S. patent 6,687,745 and has been licensed by Global 1000 enterprises, U.S. armed services, ISVs, and ASPs. To learn more, please visit

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