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February 20, 2013
Vonage Wins Four New Patents by U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
By Jyothi Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor
Vonage (News - Alert) Holdings Corp., a company dedicated to connecting people through cloud-connected devices worldwide, has recently won four new patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These patents relate to call rating and routing, conference calling, mobile wireless and calling card technologies.
Last month, Vonage was granted U.S. Pat. No. 8,364,700, "Method and Apparatus for Rapid Data Access and Distribution Using Structured Identifiers" and earlier this month, Vonage was granted U.S. Pat. No. 8,374,106, "Method and Apparatus for Group Calling in an IP-Based Communication System."
These patents offer a convenient alternative to traditional conference calling, allowing individuals to establish and control the call through various interfaces, such as Web browsers and apps for smartphones and tablets. This technology is helpful to individuals that take part in conference calls without a bridge number or authorization codes.
"This is an elegant and practical solution for eliminating many of the inconveniences inherent in setting up conference calls today, improving the customer experience and creating new efficiencies for individuals and businesses," said Chief Legal Officer Kurt M. Rogers.
Recently, Vonage won its latest two patents, U.S. Pat. No. 8,379,571, "Method and Apparatus for Provisioning Dual Mode Wireless Client Devices in a Telecommunications System," which relates to configuring a mobile device for use over a VoIP network and U.S. Pat. No. 8,379,813, "Apparatus and Method of Authorizing a Calling Card Telephone Card," which describes a calling card with enhanced security features.
Vonage has been offering feature-rich, affordable communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use for both landline and mobile phones.
According to a recent report from TechNavio, the fixed VoIP services market in the U.S. will ramp up at a CAGR of 10.15 percent over the period 2012-2016. Vonage is currently dominating the VoIP services market including other companies such as Comcast, Time Warner (News - Alert) Cables, Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications. The report also mentions vendors like Charter Communication, Bright House Networks, and 8x8.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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