MGT Capital Investments, Inc. (NYSE-AMEX: MGT.BC), announced today strategic actions to capitalize on opportunities in the business of monetizing intellectual property. After several months of examining how best to maximize the value of its present operations, its cash-rich, debt-free balance sheet, and public stock listing, the Board of Directors has decided to pursue the acquisition of patents and underlying technologies with the intent of commercializing and/or enforcing the economic rights to such inventions. The Company’s first purchase addresses methods of play used in fast-growing popular segments of the slot machine business. The Company will also move to selectively exploit its existing global patent portfolio (12 issued, 19 pending) relating to the algorithmic calculation of anomalies in medical images for use in cancer detection.
To set the foundation of this strategy, MGT announced today that it has agreed to acquire a majority interest in MGT Gaming, Inc., which has entered into a binding agreement to acquire U.S. Patent #7,892,088, entitled “Gaming Device Having a Second Separate Bonusing Event.” The invention specifically relates to gaming systems linked to an interactive sign, and includes all filed continuation patents. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued this patent on February 22, 2011; the corresponding patent application was filed on October 18, 2001.
The patent’s inventors will retain a significant minority stake in MGT Gaming; full terms will be disclosed upon the closing of the transactions contemplated in the agreement, which is subject to customary closing conditions. Steven Brandstetter, an inventor, stated, “I am ecstatic that I may finally receive compensation for my foresight and endless hard work. MGT will provide the necessary resources, including access to leading patent enforcement counsel, to pursue claims against the slot machine manufacturers and casino operators that I believe have misappropriated my idea willfully or otherwise.”
According to Robert Ladd, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, “The field of intellectual property presents a rich landscape of prospective acquisition targets with outstanding risk/reward characteristics. We have identified several such prospects, and in the coming year, we hope to have more disclosures in addition to today’s news.” Summarizing today’s events, Mr. Ladd concluded, “As Chief Executive and the largest stockholder of MGT, I am very optimistic about our future direction and look forward to updating shareholders at our annual meeting, which is planned for May 30, 2012.”
About MGT Capital Investments, Inc.
MGT and its subsidiaries are engaged in the business of monetizing intellectual property.
The Company’s majority-owned subsidiary, Medicsight, Ltd is a medical technology company with operations in imaging software and hardware devices, including computer-aided detection software used to assist radiologists with detection of colorectal polyps. The company's software has regulatory approvals including CE Mark and U. S. FDA clearance.
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