MADISON, Wis. - March 22, 2011 - Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the recognized market leader for rich media webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management, announced today the company has been granted its third patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for its flagship Mediasite product line.
The patent, U.S. No. 7,913,156, entitled "Rich Media Event Production System and Method Including the Capturing, Indexing and Synchronizing of RGB-Based Graphic Content," strengthens the company's intellectual property position as it relates to Mediasite, the award-winning webcasting platform. Specifically, the patent further protects Sonic Foundry's market leadership position by recognizing Mediasite's unique ability to digitally capture RGB images during presentations via a video capture device, and allowing the images to be marked, synchronized and viewed both live and on-demand.
Claims allowed in the patent include specifying the types of devices used in the method of capturing and synchronizing the images, video and audio. Additional claims were allowed for the processing of the images to enhance the quality and analysis capability of text in the image.
"The patent supports the innovations that are central to the overwhelming success of our market-leading rich media streaming platform," said Rimas Buinevicius, chairman and CEO of Sonic Foundry. "As we continue to help knowledge workers around the world enhance their education and training delivered over the Internet, this patent will provide important ongoing support and protection of our research and development initiatives."
Since 2003, Sonic Foundry's lecture capture platform and webcasting services have set the standard for delivering exceptional instruction and sharing knowledge online. Trusted by corporations, government agencies and more than 800 educational institutions worldwide, Sonic Foundry has been recognized by industry analyst Frost & Sullivan with the Global Market Share Leadership Award in Lecture Capture Solutions every year the firm has reported on the market; in 2010, 2009 and 2007. The patented Mediasite webcasting, lecture capture and knowledge management system automates the recording, delivery and management of multimedia presentations that combine video and accompanying visual aids for live or on-demand viewing.