SOURCE: TeleCommunication Systems, Inc.

November 14, 2006 06:30 ET

TCS Marks Milestone 50th Patent

TCS Receives Foreign Patent for Messaging Notification

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 14, 2006 -- TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) (NASDAQ: TSYS), a leading provider of mission-critical wireless communications, today announced the company has been awarded its 50th patent. TCS was notified that the Israeli Patent Office issued patent number 142826 titled "Short Message Service Notification Forwarded Between Multiple Short Message Service Centers."

"TCS' 50th awarded patent marks a milestone in the Company's pursuit of technological excellence," stated Maurice B. Tosé, TCS Chairman, President and CEO. "Our investment in R&D is manifested in our patents. More importantly, the technologies we have developed are recognized by our customers who are choosing TCS' messaging, location, public safety and secure deployable communication solutions to meet their most stringent requirements. TCS' sizeable patent portfolio demonstrates our pioneering leadership. By protecting TCS' intellectual property with patents in the United States and other key areas around the globe, we provide a competitive advantage for our product offerings with respect to other companies that do not similarly protect their intellectual properties."

TCS' pace in technology innovation continues to accelerate with 27 patents awarded in the past three years --11 awarded in 2006. The pace of the Company's patent applications is similarly increasing with over 60 of its 140 patent applications filed within the past two years. TCS' location technology leadership is demonstrated through its 14 existing location and public safety patents and 76 additional location/public safety patent applications. The Company's proven leadership in satellite communications with its SwiftLink® product suite is further enhanced by its 13 secure satellite communication patent applications. Finally, TCS' prowess in messaging and wireless data is evidenced by its current portfolio of 28 messaging and wireless data patents and over 40 additional messaging/data patent applications pending.


Israeli Patent Office patent number 142826 titled "Short Message Service Notification Forwarded Between Multiple Short Message Service Centers" -- this invention relates to sending a text message to a wireless subscriber from multiple Short Message Service Centers (SMSCs). The determination of which SMSC will send the text message to the subscriber may be fixed or dynamically determined. Conventional wireless systems only have one identified SMSC delivering text messages to a particular subscriber. Similar patents have been granted to TCS in the United States, Mexico, Australia, Korea, New Zealand and Canada.


TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS) produces wireless data communications technology solutions that require proven high levels of reliability. TCS provides wireless and VoIP E9-1-1 network-based services, secure deployable communication systems and engineered satellite-based services, and commercial location applications, like traffic and navigation, using the precise location of a wireless device. Customers include leading wireless and VoIP carriers around the world, and agencies of the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, and Homeland Security.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based upon TCS' current expectations and assumptions that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that would cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated.

The actual results realized by the Company could differ materially from the statements made herein, depending in particular upon the risks and uncertainties described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These include without limitation risks and uncertainties relating to the Company's financial results and the ability of the Company to (i) reach and sustain profitability when anticipated, (ii) continue to rely on its customers and other third parties to provide additional products and services that create a demand for its products and services, (iii) conduct its business in foreign countries, (iv) adapt and integrate new technologies into its products, (v) expand its business offerings in the new wireless data industry, (vi) develop software and provide services without any errors or defects, (vii) protect its intellectual property rights, and (viii) implement its sales and marketing strategy.

Existing and prospective investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

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