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April 11, 2012 08:57 ET

What Do SEFE Inc (SEFE), AOL Inc (AOL) and Microsoft Corp (MSFT) have in Common?

All Three Companies See Incredible Value in Patent Portfolios

NEWARK, DELAWARE--(Marketwire - April 11, 2012) - On the same day SEFE Inc. (SEFE) announced they are the recipient of a patent which establishes them as the sole owner of foundational atmospheric energy technology, AOL Inc. (AOL) has sold more than 800 patents to Microsoft Inc. (MSFT) for well over $1 billion dollars, giving a valuation of well over $1 million per patent. This was over three times the expected value of AOL's patents and demonstrates the high demand for a qualified patent portfolio.

SEFE announced this week the issuance of a brand-new patent which places them in first position in the field of atmospheric energy technology. They have been awarded U.S. Patent #8,102,078, issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a Dynamic Electrical Converter System. "This issuance is a long-awaited milestone in the development of SEFE's foundational intellectual property portfolio, and a victory for our company and its shareholders. The new patent should make a significant contribution to the overall valuation of our portfolio," said CEO Don Johnston. SEFE has more than two dozen additional technology advances which are in various stages of the patent application process, potentially positioning the company to become the sector's dominant player.

The race for patents has heated up in the tech space. Among other recent deals, Google Inc. (GOOG) agreed to acquire Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. (MMI) last year for about $12.5 billion, partly to secure its lucrative patent portfolio, and a number of bidders pursued Nortel Networks Corp.'s (NRTLQ) patents at auction as well.

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