Navigation Technologies, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation, Internet/wireless applications and business solutions, announced the receipts of 30 patent awards in 2002. To date, the company says it has received 84 United States patents and several non-US patents that cover aspects of digital cartography and its applications from map data collection to delivery and use. Navigation Technologies' 30th patent in 2002 covers a server-based system that allows online navigation users to assign their own keywords to map-locations, in effect allowing users to create unique, personalized geographical 'bookmarks' that they can share with others. For example, an individual could register "Frank's surprise party" which would link to a specific restaurant location. Using the bookmarked phrase, guests would then route to their destination. Beyond personal applications, the patent covers businesses, real estate and delivery services, according to the company. Navigation Technologies' patent program was designed to capture and protect technological advancements in the digital mapping arena. Among the 30 awards received in 2002 are patents that delineate map data collection improvements, data compression methods and techniques for updating map databases incrementally. "Our patent program is an ongoing and robust initiative that celebrates the ingenuity of our employees and their contributions to the navigation industry. We expect to see continued growth in patent awards as Navigation Technologies continues to lead the industry in digital map innovation," said Salahuddin Khan, senior vice president, Technology & Development, Chief Technology Officer. About Navigation Technologies
Navigation Technologies says it creates the digital maps that power navigation and location-based services around the world. The Chicago-based company was founded in 1985 and is privately held. The company's 1,200 employees are in over 100 offices in 18 countries. For more information, visit