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Autobytel Files Lawsuit to Protect Patent

December 13, 2004

IRVINE, Calif. -- Autobytel Inc., an Internet automotive marketing services company, has filed a lawsuit against Dealix Corp. to protect the company´s intellectual property.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, alleges infringement of U.S. Patent No. 6,282,517, titled "Real Time Communication of Purchase Requests." The patent was issued in August 2001 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The patent is directed toward an innovative method and system for matching customers and sellers in connection with the purchase of goods and services over the Internet and other computer networks.

"The U.S. Patent Office recognized the unique nature of the Autobytel technology, which has helped to revolutionize sales and marketing in the automotive and other industries," said Jeffrey Schwartz, president and CEO of Autobytel.

"Autobytel views its intellectual property as a significant asset and is determined to protect and enforce its rights with respect to its intellectual property," he added.

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