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Navigation Technologies Says It Received 30 Patents in 2002

January 9, 2003

Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wirelessapplications and business solutions, announced the receipts of 30 patentawards in 2002. To date, the company says it has received 84 United States patents andseveral non-US patents that cover aspects of digital cartography andits applications from map data collection to delivery and use. Navigation Technologies' 30th patent in 2002 covers a server-based systemthat allows online navigation users to assign their own keywords tomap-locations, in effect allowing users to create unique, personalizedgeographical 'bookmarks' that they can share with others. For example, anindividual could register "Frank's surprise party" which would link to aspecific restaurant location. Using the bookmarked phrase, guests would thenroute to their destination. Beyond personal applications, the patent coversbusinesses, real estate and delivery services, according to the company. Navigation Technologies' patent program was designed to capture andprotect technological advancements in the digital mapping arena.Among the 30awards received in 2002 are patents that delineate map data collectionimprovements, data compression methods and techniques for updating mapdatabases incrementally. "Our patent program is an ongoing and robust initiative that celebratesthe ingenuity of our employees and their contributions to the navigationindustry. We expect to see continued growth in patent awards as NavigationTechnologies continues to lead the industry in digital map innovation," saidSalahuddin Khan, senior vice president, Technology & Development, ChiefTechnology Officer. About Navigation Technologies
Navigation Technologies says it creates the digital maps that power navigation andlocation-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company wasfounded in 1985 and is privately held. The company's 1,200 employees are inover 100 offices in 18 countries. For more information, visitwww.navtech.com.
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