50 Years of Innovation!

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Finnigan USA is an Idaho partnership formed in 1990 by Paul F. Finnigan and Suzanne G. (Finnigan) Ely to provide consulting services in voice technologies specializing in strategic planning, business development and application design.

FUSA engagements included major telecommunications companies, leading voicemail equipment vendors, newspaper publishers, computer manufacturers and patent litigators. A four year engagement with Microsoft Corporation involved coordination of its third party application developers. 

FUSA provided patented core technology in the founding of Netnumber.com, a global directory service that today serves virtually all major wireless operators worldwide!  The company's first "killer application" allows customers to keep their phone numbers when they changed carriers.

Paul Finnigan is a graduate of San Jose State University and completed the masters program at Santa Clara Univeresity. Finnigan previously served as a computer consultant with SRI International and McKinsey and Company and was the founder of several computer related companies. Suzanne Ely is a graduate of MIT Sloan School of Management and previously an analyst with Probe Research, specializing in voice technology.

In 1979 Paul founded Voicemail International, developing and marketing a computer based system using proprietary voice processing technology capable of recording and delivering voice messages and information by telephone, anywhere in the world.  VMI trademarked the word "Voicemail®" and introduced the first voice messaging service in the world in May 1980. By 1987 Public Telephone companies and independent service providers in 14 countries offered the trademarked service through regional centers in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and the Pacific Rim.  An equal number of private Voicemail centers served Airlines, Financial News Agencies, TV and Movie Producers and Paging companies.  

During this same period, Paul was co-founder of the International Voicemail Association, serving as its President from 1983 until 2000. The VMA membership eventually included service providers and equipment vendors worldwide. FUSA organized and managed semi-annual conferences for the VMA with over 200 members sharing ideas and experiences with a wide variety of applications during this early period of innovation of Voice technology. The VMA is credited with the creation of international standards governing the design of voice services, which were essential in the worldwide proliferation of voicemail services.  

Since 2000, FUSA has been engaged in intellectual property management, serving clients in patent enforcement and infringement. Paul Finnigan is the named inventor on numerous patents, several of which deal with the evolving smart phone technologies and the issues that are impacting telephone subscribers.  FUSA has recently filed a patent application for a caller identification process that the company believes will eliminate unwanted calls worldwide.

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