Internet Number Corporation Licenses and Acquires Patented Technology From Open Market for Accessing Web Sites

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Open Market, Inc.

    BURLINGTON, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Market, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: OMKT), a leading provider of content-driven e-business solutions
 worldwide, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Internet
 Number Corporation (INN) relating to patented Open Market technology used,
 among other things, to directly access web sites using telephone numbers
 rather than uniform resource locators (URLs).  The technology is described in
 Open Market's U.S. Patent No. 5,812,776 entitled "Method of Providing Internet
 Pages by Mapping Telephone Number Provided by Client to URL and Returning the
 Same in a Redirect Command by Server."  In addition to its issued U.S. Patent,
 Open Market has patent applications pending relating to the technology in
 countries throughout the world.
     INN, based in Tokyo, has an active business operation in Japan with a
 system that uses numbers as an alternative to URLs.  To obtain an exclusive
 position in Japan to include the use of telephone numbers, INN has acquired
 the ownership of Open Market's pending Japanese patent application on the
 technology.  In addition, Open Market granted INN a non-exclusive, royalty-
 bearing license for its U.S. Patent and pending international patents on the
 technology, providing INN with the right to use the technology as it expands
 its business beyond the borders of Japan.
     "We are very pleased that INN has recognized the value of this patented
 technology and that it clearly supports their product plans," said Harland
 LaVigne, chairman, president and CEO of Open Market, Inc. "Open Market
 believes its patent portfolio is an important corporate asset and will
 continue to seek to leverage these patent assets as appropriate."
     "We believe that Open Market's patent rights will further strengthen our
 existing position regarding the access of websites using numbers," said Masao
 Nawa, President and CEO of Internet Number Corporation.  "This agreement will
 allow us to have an exclusive position in Japan, and the opportunity for us to
 expand into other areas of the world using telephone numbers."
 
     About Open Market
     Open Market, Inc. makes content-driven e-business solutions that enable
 enterprises to better manage interactions with their site visitors, customers,
 employees, and channels. Leveraging the new Java(TM) 2 Platform Enterprise
 Edition (J2EE) standard, the Company's software products are built with Java,
 JSP and XML and are layered on top of popular application servers like the BEA
 WebLogic Server, the IBM WebSphere Application Server and the iPlanet
 Application Server. Open Market's roster of global customers includes
 publishers and media companies like The McGraw-Hill Companies, The Washington
 Post, and The New York Times Company; financial services companies like Chase
 Manhattan Bank, GE Capital and The Hartford Financial Services Group; and
 manufacturers like 3Com, BASF and Milacron. The company, headquartered in
 Burlington, Massachusetts, has customers in 39 countries. Open Market's
 international head office is in the U.K. with additional offices in Australia,
 Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands and Singapore. Open
 Market can be reached by calling 1-888-OPEN-MKT (toll-free) or 1-781-359-3000
 in the U.S. or +44-1753-838-000 in the U.K. or by visiting
 http://www.openmarket.com.
 
     About Internet Number Corporation
     Internet Number Corporation, a privately held company based in Tokyo,
 Japan is a leader in providing corporations with solutions which use numbers
 instead of URLs for access to their websites.  Users can enter numbers in
 their existing PC browsers using its patented client software, on a variety of
 Internet appliances, or at one of its wide partner network of media and
 corporate websites.  Its clients include many of the largest corporations in
 Japan, and it has partnerships with many major magazines and newspapers which
 publish Internet Numbers as a simpler way to bring users from printed offline
 media and advertising directly to targeted information on the Internet.
 Shareholders include Sony Corporation and GE Capital.  Additional information
 concerning Internet Number Corporation may be obtained by visiting
 http://www.internetnumber.co.jp.
 
     The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private
 Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-
 looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.
 Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth under the
 heading "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in the Company's
 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.  These
 include risks and uncertainties relating to: our history of operating losses,
 our ability to execute on our revised strategic plan, our ability to
 effectively restructure our operations, market acceptance of new product
 releases, continued development and growth of the content management product
 market, dependence on third party technology, difficulty in predicting
 quarterly results, lengthy sales cycles for our products, development and
 maintenance of relationships with our service partners, competitive pressures,
 product development and rapid technological change, attracting and retaining
 key employees, risks associated with international operations, dependence on
 intellectual property rights, possible changes in government regulations,
 dependence on the continued development and maintenance of the Internet,
 security issues, litigation and the costs thereof.
 
     Open Market, Catalog Centre, Content Centre, Content Server, Integration
 Centre, Marketing Studio, Personalization Centre, Satellite Server, ShopSite,
 Transact, and FutureTense are trademarks or registered trademarks of Open
 Market, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names are
 used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their
 respective owners.  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java and J2EE are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United
 States and other countries.
 
 

SOURCE Open Market, Inc.
    BURLINGTON, Mass., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Market, Inc.
 (Nasdaq: OMKT), a leading provider of content-driven e-business solutions
 worldwide, announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Internet
 Number Corporation (INN) relating to patented Open Market technology used,
 among other things, to directly access web sites using telephone numbers
 rather than uniform resource locators (URLs).  The technology is described in
 Open Market's U.S. Patent No. 5,812,776 entitled "Method of Providing Internet
 Pages by Mapping Telephone Number Provided by Client to URL and Returning the
 Same in a Redirect Command by Server."  In addition to its issued U.S. Patent,
 Open Market has patent applications pending relating to the technology in
 countries throughout the world.
     INN, based in Tokyo, has an active business operation in Japan with a
 system that uses numbers as an alternative to URLs.  To obtain an exclusive
 position in Japan to include the use of telephone numbers, INN has acquired
 the ownership of Open Market's pending Japanese patent application on the
 technology.  In addition, Open Market granted INN a non-exclusive, royalty-
 bearing license for its U.S. Patent and pending international patents on the
 technology, providing INN with the right to use the technology as it expands
 its business beyond the borders of Japan.
     "We are very pleased that INN has recognized the value of this patented
 technology and that it clearly supports their product plans," said Harland
 LaVigne, chairman, president and CEO of Open Market, Inc. "Open Market
 believes its patent portfolio is an important corporate asset and will
 continue to seek to leverage these patent assets as appropriate."
     "We believe that Open Market's patent rights will further strengthen our
 existing position regarding the access of websites using numbers," said Masao
 Nawa, President and CEO of Internet Number Corporation.  "This agreement will
 allow us to have an exclusive position in Japan, and the opportunity for us to
 expand into other areas of the world using telephone numbers."
 
     About Open Market
     Open Market, Inc. makes content-driven e-business solutions that enable
 enterprises to better manage interactions with their site visitors, customers,
 employees, and channels. Leveraging the new Java(TM) 2 Platform Enterprise
 Edition (J2EE) standard, the Company's software products are built with Java,
 JSP and XML and are layered on top of popular application servers like the BEA
 WebLogic Server, the IBM WebSphere Application Server and the iPlanet
 Application Server. Open Market's roster of global customers includes
 publishers and media companies like The McGraw-Hill Companies, The Washington
 Post, and The New York Times Company; financial services companies like Chase
 Manhattan Bank, GE Capital and The Hartford Financial Services Group; and
 manufacturers like 3Com, BASF and Milacron. The company, headquartered in
 Burlington, Massachusetts, has customers in 39 countries. Open Market's
 international head office is in the U.K. with additional offices in Australia,
 Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands and Singapore. Open
 Market can be reached by calling 1-888-OPEN-MKT (toll-free) or 1-781-359-3000
 in the U.S. or +44-1753-838-000 in the U.K. or by visiting
 http://www.openmarket.com.
 
     About Internet Number Corporation
     Internet Number Corporation, a privately held company based in Tokyo,
 Japan is a leader in providing corporations with solutions which use numbers
 instead of URLs for access to their websites.  Users can enter numbers in
 their existing PC browsers using its patented client software, on a variety of
 Internet appliances, or at one of its wide partner network of media and
 corporate websites.  Its clients include many of the largest corporations in
 Japan, and it has partnerships with many major magazines and newspapers which
 publish Internet Numbers as a simpler way to bring users from printed offline
 media and advertising directly to targeted information on the Internet.
 Shareholders include Sony Corporation and GE Capital.  Additional information
 concerning Internet Number Corporation may be obtained by visiting
 http://www.internetnumber.co.jp.
 
     The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private
 Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains forward-
 looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.
 Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from
 those indicated by such forward-looking statements are set forth under the
 heading "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results" in the Company's
 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000.  These
 include risks and uncertainties relating to: our history of operating losses,
 our ability to execute on our revised strategic plan, our ability to
 effectively restructure our operations, market acceptance of new product
 releases, continued development and growth of the content management product
 market, dependence on third party technology, difficulty in predicting
 quarterly results, lengthy sales cycles for our products, development and
 maintenance of relationships with our service partners, competitive pressures,
 product development and rapid technological change, attracting and retaining
 key employees, risks associated with international operations, dependence on
 intellectual property rights, possible changes in government regulations,
 dependence on the continued development and maintenance of the Internet,
 security issues, litigation and the costs thereof.
 
     Open Market, Catalog Centre, Content Centre, Content Server, Integration
 Centre, Marketing Studio, Personalization Centre, Satellite Server, ShopSite,
 Transact, and FutureTense are trademarks or registered trademarks of Open
 Market, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other names are
 used for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their
 respective owners.  Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Java and J2EE are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United
 States and other countries.
 
 SOURCE  Open Market, Inc.

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