Virgin Entertainment, Virgin Megastore Online and Virgin Megasto


     Virgin Entertainment, Virgin Megastore Online and Virgin
    Megastore  are Charged with Patent Infringement by NeoMedia
                        Technologies, Inc.

FT. MYERS, Fla., Jan. 5, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- NeoMedia Technologies,
Inc. (OTCBB:NEOM), a developer and international marketer of software
and patented technologies which link products, print, and physical
objects directly to targeted online data, said today that it has filed
a patent infringement lawsuit against Virgin(r) Entertainment Group,
Inc., Virgin Megastore Online and Virgin Megastore (Virgin). 
The Complaint for Patent Infringement and Damages was filed in the
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois,
Eastern Division, by Baniak Pine & Gannon, a Chicago intellectual
property law firm retained by NeoMedia to protect its patents and IP
portfolio. The Complaint claims that Virgin has infringed four of
NeoMedia's patents -- U.S. Patents Nos. 5,933,829, 5,978,773,
6,108,656, and 6,199,048. 
The Complaint alleges that the Virgin Megaplay Stations located in
Virgin's Megastores infringe NeoMedia's patents by using Virgin's
Megascan technology to allow customers to scan UPC codes from in-store
CDs and DVDs to access Internet-based product information, such as
music and movie previews, and album and video art. The Complaint also
alleges that Virgin had notice of NeoMedia's patents since the latter
part of 2002 or before, yet it continued with its infringing
activities. 
NeoMedia's Complaint seeks compensatory damages for Virgin's
infringement, with those damages to be trebled due to the willful and
wanton nature of the infringement. NeoMedia also seeks to preliminarily
and permanently enjoin Virgin from its infringing activities. 
About NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. 
NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. (www.neom.com), is a developer and
international marketer of software and patented technologies which link
products, print, and physical objects directly to targeted online data,
with expertise in homeland security and e-authentication applications.
NeoMedia markets PaperClick(tm) and PaperClick For Cell/Mobile
Phones(tm), which link physical information and objects to the
Internet, and its Systems Integration Group specializes in providing
expert-based IT consulting, hardware, and software solutions. 
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. With the exception of historical
information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press
release involve risk and uncertainties. Actual results could differ
materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement. 
PaperClick and PaperClick For Cell/Mobile Phones are trademarks of
NeoMedia Technologies, Inc. Other trademarks are properties of their
respective owners. 


CONTACT:  NeoMedia Technologies, Inc.
          Charles T. Jensen
          (239) 337-3434
          cjensen@neom.com
 
 
          The Kaminer Group
          David A. Kaminer
          (914) 684-1934
          dkaminer@kamgrp.com

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