The European Patent Office has granted ThinPrint GmbH a patent (EP 1 407 369 B1) for the procedure of print output for mobile devices, according to a press release. The basic concept of the procedure is based on the fact that printing tasks are not created on the mobile device, but on an appropriate server. This takes place when the print output is still initiated through the mobile device.
ThinPrint offers mobile enterprise solutions as well as printing in distributed network architectures. The company's success primarily relies on its print management solution, ThinPrint .print. The solution has been successfully deployed by companies of all sizes in all sectors across the world.
The new patented technology is supported by Cortado Enterprise (www.cortado.com/enterprise) and Cortado Online Services (www.cortado.com).
The ThinPrint technology can support Blackberry, Nokia (News
), and Windows Mobile devices. With this technology, users can print documents on any printer through infrared or Bluetooth
Cortado, the division of ThinPrint, offers mobile solutions. As an independently acting division, the company integrates the total mobile computing competence of ThinPrint GmbH. Cortado specializes in offering one-stop mobile business software solutions and professional hosting services to address all mobile demands of the current generation.
The extensive experience of ThinPrint GmbH as well as Cortado’s international presence with offices in the USA and Australia enables the company to operate globally. Cortado is a Microsoft (News
) Gold Certified Partner, Nokia Forum Pro member, and also one of the top five BlackBerry Alliance Partners. It is also working closely with more than 20 carriers worldwide, which include T-Mobile, Vodafone (News
), Telefonica, Orange, Hutchison 3G
, Cingular (News
) and Verizon.
"In the beginning, it was an even bet on which approach would prevail technologically: the development of local print systems for each end device, or our server-based approach, which can be used with almost every mobile device and also supports all current printer models," Carsten Mickeleit, Managing Director at ThinPrint GmbH, was quoted as saying in the report. " The fact that local systems have so far remained very limited clearly demonstrates that our server-based method was the right one, as our customer base shows So we're delighted that ThinPrint has now been recognized as the inventor and legitimate owner of the mobile server-based print system. The patent is an important component of our strategic patent portfolio and, at the same time, a recognition of our large investments in research and development."
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