September 08, 2005 04:00 ET

Helius Inc. Announces the Issuance of New Patent; New Rights Extend the Reach of Helius Intellectual Property into Consumer Markets

LINDON, Utah--(CCNMatthews - Sep 8, 2005) -

Helius Inc., a leading developer of world-class IP broadcasting solutions for business, announced today it has been awarded a U.S. patent, enabling the company to add to its definitive stable of intellectual property.

The granted patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,922,719) is directed to a method and system for providing high-speed, satellite-based information delivery and is the result of a continuation application filed to pursue coverage of additional claims over another U.S. patent previously issued to Helius in this technology field. This patented technology represents key innovations that are used in consumer industries such as:


-- Content Distribution via satellite

-- Video on Demand

-- Data sent over a satellite and routed to clients on a Local Area Network

-- IP multicast routing technology to multiple clients over a Local Area Network

-- Bidirectional satellite communication routed to and from clients on a Local Area Network

-- Bidirectional electronic satellite communication supporting a variety of return channels

-- Satellite-based Internet and interactive applications

Helius has additional patent applications pending in this satellite-based information delivery technology, including two patents that have been allowed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office that should issue later this year.

"Progressive intellectual property is at the forefront of our development efforts," said Ron Heinz, president and CEO of Helius. "As we move into new consumer-oriented product areas, innovative technology developments are a mainstay of our continued success. We see the IPTV and cable industries particularly benefiting from the use of our technology."

In addition to its existing patents, Helius continues to pursue new patent applications and aggressively develop innovative additions to its intellectual property portfolio. Helius' engineering staff dedicates much of its time to producing the industry's most innovative and compelling technological breakthroughs for use by its customers as well as the industry at large.

Northern Sky Research of Massachusetts predicts tremendous growth in the use of IP over satellite. Based on figures from NSR's Broadband Satellite Markets, 4th Edition report, NSR expects the global market for IP applications over satellite to reach $3.5 billion on an annual basis by 2009. The enterprise space represents approximately 68 percent of this total.

"Well thought-out, inventive ideas are what Helius is all about," said Chris Baugh, president of Northern Sky Research. "With this additional award, Helius continues to be a leader in its existing markets, and push forward into new consumer market sectors where IP video technologies are headed."

About Northern Sky Research

Northern Sky Research (NSR) is an international market research and consulting firm specializing in satellite and wireless technology and applications. NSR's primary areas of expertise include satellite technology, IP applications, wireless convergence and broadcast services. With extensive expertise in all regions and a number of broadband sectors, NSR is a leading provider of in-depth market insight and analyses.

About Helius Inc.

Helius Inc. provides leading business-class data broadcasting solutions through secure and reliable delivery of broadband IP over satellites and local area networks. Helius products serve as the communications bridge between the satellite transmission and terrestrial integration of business-critical data, addressing in particular the stringent requirements for video transmission. This reliable and secure integration gives organizations the ability to implement new high bandwidth applications such as digital signage, distance learning, and corporate sales training and deliver these applications from satellite distribution straight to employee desktops. For more information visit www.helius.com.

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