Patent Further Positions CounterPath as Leader in Unified Communication
VANCOUVER, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - CounterPath (NASDAQ: CPAH) (TSX: CCV), a leading developer of award-winning
desktop, tablet and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, today
announced it has been awarded patent No. US 8,335,187 from the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office. Titled 'Routing Mobile Voice Calls,' this
patent outlines the process by which a Network Convergence Gateway
(NCG) detects and monitors a mobile subscriber's location and
automatically routes calls to either a packet-based (IP) endpoint or
the traditional circuit switched entity.
The primary benefit of this patent is it enables CounterPath to develop
communications solutions that provide the end-user the most convenient
and cost-effective experience possible. Essentially, this process
exclusively establishes a set of rules for NCGs to follow, based on a
variety of pre-determined parameters such as location and strength of
data service (3G, 4G or Wi-Fi). These parameters are completely
customizable based on the needs established by the business or
"The mobile number has become the primary method of how end-users
interact with family, friends and colleagues, by being a reliable
mechanism that enables a person to stay connected with one number,
regardless of location," said Donovan Jones, President and CEO,
CounterPath. "This patent also adds to CounterPath's intellectual
property value by protecting our partners and customers in the quickly
growing Mobile VoIP and OTT markets."
Examples of how this patent may be applied:
An individual is at home and takes a traditional circuit switched call
on their smartphone. They leave home and head into their work place, at
which point the NCG recognises the phone has entered a "known Wi-Fi
zone" and associates the registration of CounterPath's Bria mobile app
with the mobile number. At that point, the NCG will route all incoming
calls to their cell phone number via the Bria IP endpoint on their
An employee leaves Vancouver for San Francisco. When they land, their
phone (via the NCG) recognises a country shift, and routes calls to the
Bria IP endpoint over the data channel instead of the circuit switched
channel so that the user avoids costly voice roaming fees. To
completely avoid any roaming costs, the user can also choose to alter
their settings to Wi-Fi only.
The same person then departs San Francisco and heads to London. While
that person is in transit, the NCG realizes they are no longer on the
network and routes all incoming calls to voicemail. When they land in
the UK, a time zone change is recognized by the NCG, and it applies
rules to route calls to either the Bria IP endpoint or voicemail
depending on when the person is likely to be asleep in London.
"CounterPath now has intellectual property rights that cover how mobile
calls are routed to either packet-based or circuit switched endpoints,"
said Michael Doyle, Vice President of Technology at CounterPath. "This
intelligent routing and endpoint association patent enables people to
stay connected regardless of location while avoiding costly minutes or
roaming charges. This solution will make people's work-life easier by
seamlessly routing calls to the appropriate device and service based on
their location, habits and calling patterns."
This patent is part of CounterPath's expanding patent portfolio
highlighting the company's ongoing commitment to innovation and
superior products and solutions such as CounterPath's Network
Convergence Gateway (NCG). CounterPath now has 16 patents issued and 7
additional applications pending.
CounterPath is a global leader in softphone technology with millions of
endpoints sold. With the largest list of interoperability with IP PBX's
and softswitches, Bria is built toward industry standards with proven
multimedia technology that provides a high-quality, unified
communications experience and voice and video calls over fixed, mobile
and Wi-Fi broadband networks. Bria's ability to switch seamlessly
between mobile and Wi-Fi networks gives businesses new options for
"always on" connectivity while realizing cost savings through free
CounterPath's standards based VoIP softphones are changing the face of
telecommunications. The BYOD VoIP favorite, Bria softphone for mobile
devices and desktop, together with the company's easy-to-use client
management, provisioning and configuration server enables enterprises,
service providers, and OEMs around the globe to offer a seamless and
unified communications experience across both fixed and mobile
networks. Standards-based, cost-effective and reliable, CounterPath's
award-winning solutions power voice, video, messaging, and presence
that empower customers such as Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Verizon, BT,
Mobilkom Austria, NTT, Rogers, Avaya, BroadSoft, Cisco Systems,
GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Mitel and NEC.
For more information about CounterPath's Bria softphone applications and
gateway solutions, visit: www.counterpath.com/products.
SOURCE: CounterPath Corporation
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