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 an agreement to license its recently-acquired patent for Video Mail technology to Intercom Taiwan, Inc. A per unit royalty will be paid to Smith Micro for video mail products sold by Intercom Taiwan, Inc. that contain technologies covered by Smith Micro's patent.
U.S. Patent No. 6,014,689 for a video email system was awarded to Smith Micro earlier this year. The patent covers 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 comprised of this technology are generally referred to as Video Email or Video Mail applications.
"Intercom Taiwan, Inc. is a software development company specializing in PC communications.Intercom Taiwan develops and sells Live Express, a very popular multimedia video mail software application. Live Express offers a complete solution to allow messages to be viewed and heard clearly without any worry of miscommunications, using Video Mail, Voice Mail and personalized Greeting Cards," said Yoshihiko Nakano, Chairman. "Intercom Taiwan continues to seek and develop or license software applications designed to improve people's communication. As a communications software specialist, Intercom Taiwan continues to provide cutting-edge technology for the worldwide market. Therefore, we have licensed Smith Micro's patented video email technology," continued Mr. Nakano.
"We are pleased by the decision of Intercom Taiwan, Inc. to license our patented video email technology, and we believe it is an example of some of the excellent technologies that we own," commented William W. Smith Jr., President/CEO of Smith Micro. "We also believe that this agreement represents a new type of opportunity for Smith Micro as a whole by offering licensing arrangements to other companies. We are now able to leverage that strength by providing those technologies to both our traditional customers and other software companies." continued Mr. Smith.
About Intercom, Inc./Intercom Taiwan, Inc.
Intercom, Inc. is regarded as a "communication software development specialist" in the Japanese computer market, and the company has grown to become one of the largest Japanese computer software developer in the PC-based computer software package market.
As a communication software specialist, Intercom continues to concentrate on the development of original and innovative software, and the software infrastructure is "communication" which has been Intercom's business strategy since they were established. Intercom Taiwan, Inc. a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intercom Group specializes in the development, sales, and import/export of communication software, multimedia software, and hardware. For more information about Intercom visit the company's web site at http://www.intercom.co.jp.
About Smith Micro
Smith Micro Software, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, CA, is a developer and marketer of eCommerce, communication and utility software products and professional 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, eBusiness, Internet communications (voice-over-IP), video conferencing, wireless communications, and network fax, along with traditional computer telephony.
Smith Micro's complete line of products is available through direct sales, retail stores, value-added resellers (VAR's) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM's). Smith Micro's common stock trades on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the symbol SMSI. For more information, contact Smith Micro at (949) 362-5800.
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