Out-of-Court Settlement Reached in Personals Lawsuit

Tele-Publishing International (“TPI”) and Sutcliffe Associates (“SA”) announced today that they have reached an out-of-court settlement, putting an end to TPI’s patent infringement lawsuit against SA and clients of SA’s SelectAlternatives product.

As part of the settlement, TPI and SA agreed to terms on which SA will license TPI’s patents and other intellectual property. The parties have also agreed that details of the agreement, which is effective November 1, 2005, will be kept confidential.

“We are pleased that this matter has been settled amicably between Andy and ourselves, and that we can now both return to serving our clients’ needs,” said David Dinnage, President of TPI. “Tele-Publishing will continue its long-standing dedication to the AAN community, while the settlement provides publishers with some choices going forward. We feel that this is a win for all parties involved.”

“By entering into an out-of-court agreement and license with TPI, I can now return to the reason why I formed this company in the first place: to provide AAN publishers with the highest quality, next-generation online/print personals product. I’m pleased to now be able to focus on adding new features to the service and to introducing SelectAlternatives to more AAN publishers,” said Andy Sutcliffe.

The TPI patents pertain to various aspects of matching users based on the characteristics and criteria they provide and the integration of interactive voice and online technologies.

TPI is a division of the Phoenix Media/Communications Group of Boston, Massachusetts, owners of the Boston Phoenix, Providence Phoenix and Portland Phoenix alternative weeklies as well as the WFNX Radio Network, the mobile marketing company g8wave and various other related media properties.

David Dinnage (617) 859-3205 ddinnage@tpigroup.com
Andy Sutcliffe (916) 939-2325 andy@sutcliffeassociates.com

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