Vonage Granted Four New Patents

Newest patents cover innovations in mobile video and messaging, call quality and account management

Jul 29, 2014, 08:30 ET from Vonage Holdings Corp.

HOLMDEL, N.J., July 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG), a leading provider of communication services connecting consumers and businesses through cloud-connected devices worldwide, today announced the grant of four additional patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The company now owns 47 U.S. patents.

"Since 2010, we have grown our patent portfolio nearly eight-fold," said Chief Legal Officer, Kurt M. Rogers. "This reflects Vonage's commitment to protecting its proprietary and unique solutions, including key products and services such as Vonage Extensions®, Vonage Mobile®, ReachMe Roaming™, Virtual Numbers and Click-to-Call.  

"With 10 new U.S. patents granted so far in 2014, Vonage is on pace for its strongest year yet as we continue to focus our development and protection of intellectual property in key strategic areas such as mobility and enterprise solutions. Our most recent patents cover important innovations in mobile video and messaging, call quality enhancements and account management."

U.S. Pat. No. 8,792,882, "Method and Apparatus for Non-Native Short Message Service Communications," issued today, provides a system for delivering low-cost international text (SMS) messages, regardless of whether the sender and recipient share a common provider or are using the same mobile app. Through this patented invention, international text messages are first sent at a minimal cost over a network such as the Internet to an SMS messaging hub that is local to the recipient. The SMS messaging hub then delivers the message to the recipient as a local SMS, rather than an international SMS, resulting in significant cost savings.    

U.S. Pat. No. 8,775,308, "Systems and Methods for Selecting a Billing Group in an Internet Protocol Environment," issued July 8, 2014, ensures the proper billing of communications originating from a device associated with multiple customer accounts, such as a business account and a personal account. 

U.S. Pat. No. 8,767,716, "Systems and Methods of Routing IP Telephony Data Packet Communications," issued July 1, 2014, improves sound quality on VoIP calls. During a VoIP call, the communications from each party may travel on different paths over the Internet to reach one another.  During the call, the quality of each path may change based on network conditions. This patented invention enables the parties' devices to periodically check the quality of the path in use and switch to an alternate path if it provides superior quality.

U.S. Pat. No. 8,760,489, "Method and Apparatus for Dynamically Adjusting Aspect Ratio of Images During a Video Call," issued June 24, 2014, enables each device on a video call to optimize the size of the video it sends to the other device, based on the dimensions of the other device's display.

Vonage has nearly 240 U.S. patent applications pending, along with numerous foreign patents and pending applications in jurisdictions worldwide.

About Vonage

Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of communications services connecting consumers and businesses through cloud-connected devices worldwide, with approximately 2.6 million subscriber lines. Vonage provides a robust suite of feature-rich, affordable residential and business communication solutions that offer flexibility, portability and ease-of-use for both landline and mobile phones. Vonage's residential service is sold on the web (www.vonage.com) and through telesales and regional and national retailers, and its business service is sold through Vonage Business Solutions (www.vonagebusiness.com) telesales and channel partners.

Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey. Vonage® is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing LLC, owned by Vonage America Inc.

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