Annapolis, US: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) secured five United States Patents in a 45-day period by the US Patent and Trademark Office. This is a record issuance rate for TCS. The five wireless patents include:
– U.S. Patent No. 7,805,483; Apparatus and Method for Associating Geospatial Location to Content on a Network; provides the ability to associate specific geospatial locations with virtual content on the Internet. The patent allows for the otherwise conventional PIDF-LO format to be extended or modified to associate a geospatial location to virtual data (e.g., to form graffiti known as Neffiti) on a computer network such as the Internet, corporate Intranets, and/or corporate Extranets. The invention allows virtual use of location-aware content to associate graffiti, chat-room messages, blogs and other forms of online content with a particular location. It provides for a presence list for a Modified Presence Information Data Format-Location Object for use in tying MIME type virtual content to a geospatial location and for tagging the location with graphical and/or descriptive information relating to the location.
– U.S. Patent No. 7,809,382; Short Message Distribution Center; addresses the inability of wireless carriers to effectively differentiate between informational text, ads and other forms of online content from higher priority ‘personal’ content in Short Messaging Systems (SMS). The TCS invention provides a message distribution centre (MDC) interposed between content providers and a wireless carrier to subjectively examine and direct messages via SMTP based on desired rules (e.g., non-peak hours, paying subscribers only) using standard SMTP Gateway and other well-known protocols. The MDC includes an individual queue for each subscriber, and the provider is informed through conventional SMTP protocol messages that the short message has been accepted.
– U.S. Patent No. 7,809,359; Wireless Chat Automatic Status Tracking; provides a solution that resolves the inability to send automatic notification when a chat-group system member wants to go online or offline. The TCS invention enables a wireless carrier and/or Internet service provider to introduce a Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) service that allows a chat-room or session system to be automatically notified when the subscriber is on-line or off-line. This WIN service will be applicable to both prepaid and postpaid IS-41 networks. The invention also provides presence and location information to entities other than just those servicing a particular wireless device, thus enabling a new host of network services and applications.
– U.S. Patent No. 7,813,484; All-HTTP Multimedia Messaging; addresses the problems inherent in Wireless Application Protocol (WAP)-Based Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) and Internet Email-Based MMS (SMTP/IMPA4/POP3) delivery of multimedia messaging services. TCS supports the creation of a wireless multimedia messaging framework that relies entirely on specifications endorsed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body in charge of the standardisation of the public Internet. This would allow wireless service providers to field MMS services that are fully Internet-standard compliant and hence WAP free.
– U.S. Patent No. 7,825,780; Cellular Augmented Vehicle Alarm Notification Together with Location Services for Position of an Alarming Vehicle; addresses the dilemma of the mostly ignored vehicle alarm. This TCS invention utilises wireless network technology in combination with a vehicle-alarm system to provide direct wireless notification of a vehicle-alarm event to the owner or other interested party of the vehicle.
Drew Morin, chief technology officer of TCS, said, “The award of these five patents in 45 days underscores our organization’s strength and dedication to creating technologies that are in demand industry-wide.”
TCS now holds 126 patents worldwide with over 320 applications pending.