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Issued by SmartSky Networks.

September 18, 2020

Gogo comments on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decision

Gogo Business Aviation today commented on the decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) not to review U.S. Patent No. 9,312,947 (the 947 patent) granted to SmartSky Networks, LLC. As previously, disclosed Gogo requested that the PTO examine the validity of the 947 patent.

“We disagree with the PTO's decision not to review the 947 patent,” said Sergio Aguirre, president of Gogo Business Aviation. “To be clear, Gogo reiterates our strong belief that we are not infringing any valid patent held by SmartSky. Furthermore, neither the PTO's decision nor SmartSky's patent portfolio in any way impairs our ability to continue to successfully expand, to launch Gogo 5G or to enhance our position in the business aviation market. Today, our systems are flying on more than 5,550 business jets, including more than 1,000 Avance L5 systems and nearly 450 L3 systems providing connectivity to business aircraft of all types and sizes.”

Aguirre continued, “We are committed to continuing to set the standard for inflight connectivity in business aviation as we progress toward the launch of Gogo 5G and further enhance the scale and profitability of our business aviation segment.”