Cellport Systems began inventing as a small research lab committed to creating universal wireless connectivity solutions and openly licensing its technologies to foster their adoption and use around the world. The company has maintained this business charter throughout its growth and development and it credits its ability to consistently deliver inventions of great social value to its early adoption and continued commitment to these guiding principles.
Cellport produced its first invention in 1991 when two of its founders, Pat Kennedy and Hiro Sakurai, devised a universal port technology that made it possible to connect any mobile phone with any hands-free wireless kit installed in an automobile. The universal port became the world’s first universal communications bridge between mobile phones and automobiles and set Cellport on its historic course to find ways of bringing connectivity to disparate and often unrelated devices.
Incorporated as a business in 1993 in Boulder, Colorado, Cellport quickly emerged as an inventing, patenting and licensing organization driven by the individual and collective visions of five primary inventors. This cohesive and highly productive team continued to innovate on the universal port to develop the Cellport Handset Connectivity System of core architectural patents that forms the basis of the global hands-free car kits and telematics business and gives Cellport the leading patent position in this now burgeoning multi-billion-dollar market. The Cellport team also envisioned early on that automobiles would eventually need online connectivity and in 1996 invented, built and demonstrated the world’s first Internet-connected car by marrying wireless and vehicle networks with in-vehicle server and mobile router technologies it created. Popular roadside assistance, search and vehicle tracking systems that use Internet applications today can trace their origins to Cellport’s breakthrough work in this field and its Mobile Network Technologies patent portfolio.
Anticipating universal connectivity needs that are expected to arise as mobile phones become the primary personal information and entertainment portals for consumers, Cellport’s latest patent portfolio, Mobile Multimedia Connectivity, establishes the capability for mobile phones to share connections and multimedia applications with other consumer electronics products regardless of device type, operating system or link technologies.
The Cellport Research Model
Cellport employs a very specific inventing process and strategic business model that together have fostered a highly stimulating and collaborative research environment and positioned the company for market advantage. The essential ingredients of the Cellport tradition include the following:
A small and diverse inventing team: Among leading inventing organizations, Cellport is unique because its research team is made up of just five primary inventors, each experts and visionaries in their respective fields of economics, wireless communications, physics, computer science and automotive systems, who have worked together to anticipate future market needs and craft the company’s core technology breakthroughs. Keeping the inventing team small, cohesive and diverse has created additional, team competencies that help provoke highly creative imaginings of where the world of technology could go.
A devotion to the “art-of-the-possible”: The heart of Cellport’s inventing formula is a philosophy, embraced since its inception, to always consider the “art-of-the-possible” when predicting future market needs and crafting solutions that will have real value to society. It is a big-picture inventing strategy that fosters the innovation of big ideas. By always envisioning the art-of-the-possible, Cellport is continually able to stay five to 10 years ahead of the market and develop long-term, core architectural solutions that contribute significant leaps to its technology platforms.
A big-idea only patenting policy: In
line with its devotion to the art-of-the-possible and big ideas,
Cellport patents only innovations that create core architectural
contributions in the Cellport-defined field of universal wireless
connectivity. This practice has enabled Cellport to ensure that
its patents are exceptionally germane to universal wireless connectivity
and central to the now-burgeoning
An open licensing model: Since
its inception as a company, Cellport has advocated and adhered
to a policy of openly licensing its patents to interested third
parties to promote innovation based on its technologies and acceptance
in the market. Open licensing is a central premise of Cellport’s
business charter and a reflection of its leadership’s personal