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1st Technology’s Receives Notice of Intent to Issue Reexamination Certificate from U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Las Vegas, NV -- 1st Technology LLC last week received Notice of Intent to Issue Reexamination Certificate ("Notice") for 1st Technology's core Internet gaming patent, U.S. Patent Number 5,564,001 (the "001 Patent"), which was put under reexamination in Spring 2008. The Notice confirmed that all of the original claims of the '001 Patent were confirmed and a number of additional claims were found patentable.

1st Technology's CEO Dr. Scott Lewis emphasized the importance of the event, stating, "We are very pleased that our core '001 Patent has not only passed the re-exam process but that additional claims have been found patentable making the '001 Patent stronger and more secure than ever."

Addressing the reexamination, Dr. Lewis added, "We welcomed the re-exam petition as an opportunity to demonstrate once and for all the novelty and innovation of the '001 Patent. This confirmation permits us to again address the ongoing infringement of our intellectual property and reinvigorates our enforcement efforts."

1st Technology has recently received a U.S. Federal Court default judgment of over $5M against Leisure & Gaming PLC in addition to a Court ordered injunction against Leisure & Gaming PLC for any future infringement of the '001 Patent.

The Palo Alto-based law firm of Sawyer Law Group was the primary legal representation for the '001 Patent re-examination process on the behalf of 1st Technology. Chicago-based Flachsbart & Greenspoon represents 1st Technology in licensing and litigation.

About 1st Technology

1st Technology LLC is a leading technology company with a patent portfolio of advanced Internet and multimedia innovations. 1st Technology is headed by Internet pioneer Dr. Scott Lewis who led the development of the world's first single integrated circuit chip with on-board video and audio compression, advanced adaptive digital signal processing technology at Oxford University, and introduced multiple broadband Internet and multimedia technologies.

About Sawyer Law Group

Sawyer Law Group, PC prepares and prosecutes patent applications for various companies and individuals in high technology matters. It also provides validity opinions, infringement opinions and counsel to companies and individuals.

About Flachsbart & Greenspoon

Flachsbart & Greenspoon, LLC prosecutes and defends intellectual property matters throughout the United States. It also represents parties to license negotiations. Its clients range from individual inventors to multibillion dollar companies.

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