TeleCommunication Systems received 14 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and an additional foreign patent grant during the third quarter of the company’s 2013 fiscal year for technologies and other tools in areas such as location-based services.
TCS holds 336 patents worldwide, has more than 390 patent applications pending and applied for 48 patents in the U.S. during 2013, TCS said Wednesday.
The most recent round of patents also includes ideas related to messaging, public safety, protected communications, solid-state drives, mapping and geographic information systems.
“These newly issued patents enhance our growing patent portfolio, and we are committed to monetizing our intellectual property through our business operations, licensing and related arrangements,” said Maurice Tose, chairman, president and CEO of TCS.
“TCS is working with a growing number of professionals and enterprises to leverage the company’s 336 patents and other intellectual property covering wireless communications, navigation and telematics technology, solid-state drives and more,” said Bob Held, TCS vice president of intellectual asset management.
One is patent for an Inter-Carrier Messaging Service Providing Phone Number Only idea that is intended to help carrier subscribers send messages to other carriers and link a recipient’s number with a device identifier to transmit text messages, email and other digital correspondence.
TCS was also granted a video enhanced 911 patent, which is designed to provide video and digital images of an incident to emergency responders.
The company also obtained a patent for location-sensitive solid state drives, which work to decrypt or encrypt information depending on the user’s current location.