Aliso Viejo, CA - The Wireless & Broadband Division of Smith Micro Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMSI), a developer and marketer of a wide range of software and service solutions for the Internet market, today announced it has received U.S. Patent No. 6,014,689 for a video email system. The patent relates to techniques for generating and playing encoded video, audio and text sequences that are sent as email messages over digital communications networks such as the Internet. Products in this area of technology are generally referred to as Video Email or Video Mail applications. This patent is particularly important to the wireless market where bandwidth is at a premium.
"A recent report from IDC reflects that Video Email technology is among the leading sales generating factors for PC Camera kits sold to consumers," said William W. Smith Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Smith Micro. "This, along with the fact that many companies are shipping similar video e-mail packages today, makes us extremely excited to be granted the patent for this technology," continued Mr. Smith. "We believe that receiving this patent grant will further allow us to provide the broadband market with technologies to help promote their deployment, beyond the aspect of faster Internet connections. We also believe that our excellent compression techniques will benefit the wireless market by allowing remote users to send high quality video and audio e-mail to co-workers and family members while on the road. This is an exciting opportunity in two high-growth market segments where we are committed to playing significant roles as demonstrated by our recent announcements," concluded Mr. Smith.
Smith Micro has incorporated the patented technology into several of its products, including its VideoLink Mail and Internet CommSuite product lines. The issuance of the patent will allow Smith Micro to broaden its market reach through strategic partners utilizing the patented technology.
"The tremendous growth in wireless communications, Internet telephony and video conferencing provides an enormous opportunity to actively license this technology to a vast number of hardware and software providers," said Robert Scheussler, Senior Vice President and COO of Smith Micro. "We believe the technology covered by this patent is of significant value to companies producing products in these areas. Smith Micro has always guarded its technology, and this patent represents the initial results of our program put in place several years ago to formally protect and market these critical assets," concluded Mr. Scheussler.
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Smith Micro Software, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a leading developer and marketer of eCommerce and communication software products and services. The company designs integrated, cross platform, easy-to-use software for personal computing and business solutions around the world. With a focus on the Internet, Wireless, and Broadband technologies, the company's products enable eCommerce, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, wireless communications, and network fax, along with traditional computer telephony.
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