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 and by 1980 was licensed to telecommunication operators worldwide.
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 a lifelong career in management consulting with SRI International and eventually McKinsey and Company, the subsequent founding of several technology companies including Voicemail International and Finnigan USA.
Proprietary technology invented by Paul Finnigan became industry standards for design and performance with service providers and public telephone companies worldwide and became global standards for automated voice communications used by airlines, financial institutions, broadcasters, publishers, news agencies and many others. VMI's trademark "Voicemail" is the term used in virtually all languages for referencing voice messaging and IVR services.
Finnigan was co-founder of the International Voicemail Association and served as President from 1983 until 2000. Finnigan USA managed VMA' voicemail conferences attended by 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 international standards which were instrumental in bringing about the proliferation of worldwide voicemail services.
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