SOURCE: Perfect Web Technologies, Inc.

March 29, 2007 16:05 ET

Perfect Web Technologies Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against infoUSA

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 29, 2007 -- Perfect Web Technologies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: PWBI) filed a patent infringement action against infoUSA, Inc. (NASDAQ: IUSA) of Omaha, NE in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

The infringement lawsuit seeks damages and an injunction against further infringement. The suit seeks to enforce Patent 6,631,400, issued by the US Patent Office to Thomas L. DiStefano, III, Chairman and CEO, on October 7th 2003. The patent entitled "METHOD FOR MANAGING BULK E-MAIL DISTRIBUTION" protects key elements of processes used in the e-mail marketing and management industry.

The suit brought by Perfect Web Technologies alleges intentional violation of the patent by infoUSA. According to public sources, infoUSA maintains databases of e-mail addresses and other customer data on approximately 210 million consumers and 14 million businesses. infoUSA transmits significant amounts of bulk e-mail via the Internet through its Donnelley division and owned companies like YesMail, ePostDirect, @Once and Digital Connexxions.

According to Thomas L. DiStefano, III, Chairman and CEO of Perfect Web Technologies, "This litigation is a fundamental case of protecting the valuable intellectual property we have developed for the future of the e-mail marketing and management industry. With notice of our rights, infoUSA knowingly took and has continued to use our valuable inventions throughout a wide variety of their business operations and subsidiaries. In effect, they are trying to get away with using our inventions everyday to enrich themselves without appropriate acknowledgement or compensation. While we acknowledge that infoUSA has built a sizeable presence in the industry, it has done so unfairly by utilizing our patented technology without authorization. We are therefore asking the court system to enforce the patent on our inventions and remedy this blatant case of infringement."

Perfect Web Technologies, Inc. is a vertically integrated Internet marketing and technology firm headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. The company enables and accelerates the use of the Internet for marketing by businesses. A pioneer in Internet marketing in continuous operation since 1997 and a leader in privacy protection and CAN-SPAM compliance, the company invented and patented an array of Internet technologies, has a substantial base of customers in the United States and worldwide and is one of the first marketing firms to integrate onshore and offshore service delivery teams.

The seminal patent in question was issued to Mr. DiStefano and his company in October 2003 by the United States Patent Office on a "first action allowance." The invention grew out of Mr. DiStefano's experience working with clients and his frustration at the lack of tools and processes to make e-mail more readily usable by businesses.

"We are uncovering that, in addition to infoUSA, many other e-mail distribution and Internet marketing companies are using our patent in their business methods and similarly enriching themselves at our expense," Mr. DiStefano stated. "In asking the court to enforce the rights granted our company by the Patent Office, we anticipate additional actions against those who are unfairly profiting from our intellectual property," he concluded.

About Perfect Web Technologies, Inc.

Perfect Web Technologies, Inc. is a series of integrated technologies that optimize the use of the Internet. As a provider of web based applications and B2B2C marketing solutions designed for marketers it is built through technology development and acquisitions. It is licensing its portfolio of six patents and patents pending that represent key Internet and software technologies and business methods. The patents cover electronic document publishing, e-mail management and distribution, e-commerce and marketing tools, access management to electronic documents and electronic document collaboration.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release may contain statements that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current estimates and projections about Perfect Web Technologies, Inc.'s business, which are derived in part on assumptions of its management, and are not guarantees of future performance, as such performance is difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to execute effectively its business plan, the success of its patent licensing strategy, changes in the market for OPT-IN e-mail marketing solutions, changes in patent enforcement brought on by legislation, changes in market activity, the development of new products and services, the enhancement of existing products and services, competitive pressures (including price competition), system failures, economic and political conditions, changes in consumer behavior and the introduction of competing products having technological and/or other advantages. The Company assumes no obligation to update information concerning its expectations.

A copy of the complaint is available at www.perfectwebtech.com/filing.pdf

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    Thomas L. DiStefano III
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