TeleCommunication Systems Adds 13 U.S. Patents Advancing Messaging, Public
Safety and Location-Based Services
ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 30, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
(TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile
communication technology, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office (USPTO) has issued TCS 13 U.S. patents during the first quarter of
2014. TCS also received 1 foreign patent during the quarter.
The 13 recently issued U.S. patents describe innovations in messaging, public
safety and location-based services. Among them are the following four:
oTCS was the first company to create the capability for users to send
messages from one carrier to a different carrier by knowing only the phone
number of the recipient. Prior to this invention, users had to know the
specific routing syntax of the recipient's carrier. TCS' invention
significantly enhanced the user experience and paved the way for the
messaging market that we have today. The recently issued Inter-Carrier
Messaging (ICM) Service Providing Phone Number Only Experience patent
(U.S. Patent 8,682,362) is a continuation of earlier TCS core ICM patents
that had been successfully litigated by TCS. This new patent further
expands the claims coverage of this valuable portfolio and describes a
system, apparatus, and methods for routing data messages by associating a
subscriber's mobile identification number (MIN) with the appropriate
servicing carrier. The ICM portfolio was licensed to Acacia Research Group
in April 2012 and Acacia has begun to sublicense the patents.
oPrepaid phones providing messaging services enable users who would not
qualify for credit under a postpaid wireless services contract to purchase
phones with a prescribed amount of prepaid messaging and wireless call
time. The Prepaid market has grown into a multi-billion dollar per year
industry with approximately 86M prepaid users now comprising 27% of all
U.S. wireless subscribers. The recently issued Prepaid Short Messaging
Services Revenue Capture patent (U.S. 8,682,289) is a continuation of
earlier TCS Prepaid patents and brings the total number of patents in this
portfolio to seven, with two additional pending. The '289 patent describes
techniques for assuring that a subscriber has a sufficient account balance
to fund the delivery of the message and any associated service fees prior
to delivering the message, dropping the message if funds are not
available. TCS is currently developing a monetization program around this
oTCS has been a leader in public safety solutions for wireless E9-1-1,
Voice over IP (VoIP) E9-1-1, NG9-1-1, and E1-1-2 since deploying the first
U.S. wireless E9-1-1 solution in 1998. TCS pioneered the methods by which
U.S. public safety answering points (PSAPs) can receive accurate location
information of the callers during calls for emergency assistance. The
recently issued Mobile Automatic Location Identification (ALI) for First
Responders patent (U.S. 8,681,946) further adds to TCS' core capability in
this area by describing a method and apparatus for posting key
information, such as what emergency response resources have been
dispatched or the building layout associated with the caller's location,
to a secure web page that is accessible by the emergency responder's
wireless device. Access to this information via web portal enables a
faster and more accurate situational assessment than could be derived
through a verbal conversation between the PSAP call taker and the
emergency responder and presents a record of the additional information
gathered for use by resources engaged in the emergency response.
oUnofficial gatherings of people and crowds frequently occur and can
present a wide range of issues, from simple traffic jams to
life-threatening violence. With the broad penetration of wireless mobile
devices, most individuals in these gatherings have a wireless device. The
recently issued Aggregate Location Dynometer (ALD) patent (U.S. 8,649,806)
describes how the anonymized collection of location information about such
wireless devices can be used to construct a description of the crowd's
shape and movement. The patent describes a network server that analyzes
the ALD and a method by which alerts can be generated. Such alerts could
be used in a broad array of services, such as presenting traffic alerts to
navigation applications or police alerts about an impending flash mob.
The remaining 9 patents issued in the period are: Enhanced E911 Network Access
for a Call Center Using Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Messaging (U.S.
8,682,286); Temporary ENUM Gateway (U.S. 8,644,302); Location Sensitive
Messaging (U.S. 8,682,346); Location Service Requests Throttling (U.S.
8,660,573); Culled Satellite Ephemeris Information for Quick, Accurate
Assisted Location Satellite Location Determination for Cell Site Antennas
(U.S. 8,681,044); Area Event Handling When Current Network Does Not Cover
Target Area (U.S. 8,666,397); User Plane Location Based Service Using Message
Tunneling to Support Roaming (U.S. 8,626,160); Method and System for Providing
Assistance Data for A-GPS Location of Handsets in Wireless Networks (U.S.
8,638,259); Mobile Internet Protocol (IP) Location (U.S. 8,682,321).
TCS Chairman, President and CEO Maurice B. Tose said: "TCS continues to
innovate and to protect the company's investment in our engineers' inventions.
These 13 new patents are evidence of our continuing work on solutions that
improve our quality of life and our safety within this wireless society."
TCS Vice President of Intellectual Asset Management Bob Held said: "TCS
continues to look for opportunities to monetize its intellectual property
portfolio via sales, direct licensing, cross licensing and other creative
solutions. In 2014, TCS has filed for 17 U.S. patents; the total number of
patents issued worldwide in the portfolio is now 355 and more than 300 patent
applications are pending worldwide."
About TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.
TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS) is a world leader in
highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology. TCS infrastructure
forms the foundation for market-leading solutions in E9-1-1, text messaging,
commercial location and deployable wireless communications. TCS is at the
forefront of new mobile cloud computing services, providing wireless
applications for navigation, hyper-local search, asset tracking, social
applications and telematics. Millions of consumers around the world use TCS
wireless apps as a fundamental part of their daily lives. Government agencies
utilize TCS' cybersecurity expertise, professional services and highly secure
deployable satellite solutions for mission-critical communications.
Headquartered in Annapolis, MD, TCS maintains technical, service and sales
offices around the world. To learn more about emerging and innovative wireless
technologies, visit www.telecomsys.com.
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leading technologies and the opportunities to leverage our 355+ patents and
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