Finnigan USA has served the telecommunications industry worldwide for over 30 years in the areas of strategic planning and business development. In 1980, Paul Finnigan founded Voicemail International Inc., trademarked the term "Voicemail" and introduced the first Voicemail services in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and the Pacific Rim. By 1987, VMI's trademarked service was licensed to operators in 37 Voicemail centers in 17 countries.
In 1999 Finnigan USA was a co-founder of NetNumber Inc. (NetNumber.com), providing the core technology for enhanced communications services now used by wireless operators worldwide. Finnigan served on NetNumber's Board of Directors until 2001 and FUSA retains an ownership position in the company.
Finnigan is the named inventor of numerous U.S. and international patents relating to voicemail messaging, network services and Internet based telephony. The enhanced features embodied in these patents experienced rapid adoption by service providers and subscribers for use with personal computers, tablets and smart phones.
FUSA currently provides intellectual property management including patents for which Paul Finnigan is the named inventor and third party patent, trademark and domain name licensing and enforcement.
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Paul Finnigan's experience as a specialist in computer technology and application development began in 1956 with technical roles with the world's first business computers and in 1965 began management consulting with SRI International and eventually McKinsey and Company, and the subsequent founding of several technology companies including Voicemail International.
Voicemail® International's proprietary technology became the industry standard for design and performance with service providers and public telephone companies worldwide pioneering numerous interactive voice response (IVR) applications that became global standards for automated voice communications used by major airlines, financial institutions, broadcasters and many others. VMI's trademark is remains today as the generic term used worldwide for referencing voice messaging and IVR services.
Finnigan was also co-founder of the International Voicemail Association and served as President until 2000. Finnigan USA managed VMA' voicemail conferences attended by hundreds of service providers and equipment vendors worldwide. The VMA is credited with providing a platform for exchanging applications, exploiting opportunities for enhanced voice services and the creation and adoption of industry standards by international standards bodies which were instrumental in bringing about the proliferation of worldwide voicemail services.
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