SOURCE: Composite Technology Corporation

Composite Technology Corporation

March 01, 2010 08:05 ET

Composite Technology Receives US Patent Office Notice of Intent to Issue Reexamination Certificate for US Patent 7,368,162

IRVINE, CA--(Marketwire - March 1, 2010) - Composite Technology Corporation (OTCBB: CPTC) announced today that its subsidiary, CTC Cable Corporation ("CTC Cable"), has received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") an official Notice of Intent to Issue Ex Parte Reexamination Certificate ("Notice") for U.S. Patent No. 7,368,162 ("'162 patent"). This patent has been reexamined by the USPTO as a result of CTC Cable filing a patent infringement suit against Mercury Cable in U.S. Federal Court, and Mercury's subsequent request that the USPTO reexamine the patent in hopes that the patent would be invalidated.

In the Notice, the USPTO confirmed the patentability of eight (8) original claims, and approved the other twenty eight (28) original claims with only minor amendments. The USPTO further allowed forty seven (47) new claims, bringing the total claim count in this patent to eighty three (83) claims. No claims were finally rejected.

CTC Cable's suit against Mercury for willful patent infringement had been stayed by the Court pending the outcome of the reexamination. In light of the foregoing, however, CTC Cable will request that the stay be lifted so that it may proceed against Mercury. The USPTO has now considered the patentability of CTC Cable's patent twice, taking into account Mercury's best attempt to argue invalidity. Consequently, CTC Cable believes that its suit against Mercury is now even stronger.

If the federal court finds that Mercury infringes any one of these reexamined claims, Mercury will be liable to CTC Cable for damages, and the Court may also enter an injunction against Mercury prohibiting any further infringement. If the federal court finds that Mercury has willfully infringed or that the suit is exceptional, Mercury could be liable for increased damages and attorneys' fees. Any third party that makes, uses, sells or offers for sale any Mercury product that is found to infringe, including third party manufacturers or customers of an installed Mercury transmission line, may also be liable for patent infringement and subject to damages and injunctive relief.

CTC Cable's patent infringement suit against Mercury Cable is also based on CTC Cable's U.S. Patent No. 7,211,319. This patent is currently in the reexamination process of the USPTO, also based on a request for reexamination by Mercury. However, the issues in this proceeding are similar to the issues in the just concluded reexamination of the '162 patent, and CTC Cable is optimistic of a positive outcome in the very near future.

In connection with its ACCC® conductor business, CTC Cable currently has nine issued U.S. patents, three pending U.S. continuation-in-part patent applications, one pending U.S. patent application claiming priority to a PCT international application, and four other pending U.S. patent applications. In addition, three of its PCT international applications have entered the national phase and are currently pending in over 70 strategic countries world-wide. Of these pending patent applications, twenty-one applications have been granted. These patent applications cover subjects including composite materials as applied to electrical transmission conductors and related structural apparatus and accessories, manufacturing processing techniques, cross sectional composite core designs for electrical transmission cables and methods and designs for splicing composite core reinforced cables. CTC Cable Corporation plans to continue supplementing these patents and patent applications with the strategic filing of new applications and claim sets.

About CTC:

Composite Technology Corporation, based in Irvine, California, USA, develops, manufactures and sells innovative, high performance, energy efficient electrical transmission conductors through its subsidiary, CTC Cable Corporation. CTC Cable produces composite core rod for use in its patented high efficiency ACCC® conductors, which are used in electrical transmission and distribution grids. ACCC® conductors perform with less line losses when compared to similar diameter conventional conductors and therefore enable power generators to reduce the amount of generation while still delivering the same power to customers. ACCC® conductors also enable grid operators to reduce blackouts and brownouts by providing reserve electrical capacity, since they can be operated at higher temperatures without significant thermal line sag. The performance and longevity of CTC's ACCC® conductor technology has been independently verified by certifying agencies, test centers and power grids around the world and has consistently demonstrated significant savings in upgrade capital costs and operating expenses when substituted for traditional conductors in reconductoring upgrades as well as new line construction. ACCC® core, the key component of ACCC® conductor, is produced by CTC Cable and is delivered to licensed qualified conductor manufacturers worldwide for ACCC® conductor production and sale into local markets. Over 9,100 kilometers of ACCC® conductor have been installed on five continents. ACCC® is a registered trademark of CTC Cable Corporation.

For further information, visit our website: www.compositetechcorp.com or contact Investor Relations, James Carswell, +1-949-428-8500.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, as defined in the Securities Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). The safe harbor for forward-looking statements provided to companies by the Reform Act does not apply to Composite Technology Corporation (the "Company"). However, actual events or results may differ from the Company's expectations on a negative or positive basis and are subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, resolution of pending and threatened litigation matters involving CTC or its subsidiaries, resolution of disputes with CTC's or subsidiaries' creditors competition with larger companies, development of and demand for a new technology, general economic conditions, the availability of funds for capital expenditure and financing in general by us and our customers, availability of timely financing, cash flow, securing sufficient quantities of essential raw materials, timely delivery by suppliers, ability to maintain quality control, collection-related and currency risks from international transactions, the successful outcome of joint venture negotiations, or the Company's ability to manage growth. Other risk factors attributable to the Company's business may affect the actual results achieved by the Company, including those that are found in the Company's Annual Report filed with the SEC on Form 10-K/A for fiscal year ended September 30, 2009 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and subsequent Current Reports filed on Form 8-K that will be included with or prior to the filing of the Company's next Quarterly or Annual Report.

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