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 the service was licensed to telecommunications operators in 14 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 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 have seen rapid adoption by service providers and subscribers for use with personal computers, tablets and smart phones.
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Paul Finnigan's experience as a specialist in computer technology and application development began in 1956 with technical developments relating to the world's first business computer, the IBM 305 RAMAC and in 1965 he began a lifelong career in management consulting with SRI International and eventually McKinsey and Company and the subsequent founding of several technology companies including Voicemail International, Spectra Medical Systems, SI Medical Systems 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 enhanced voice 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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Finnigan USA maintains an extensive library of prior art relating to enhanced communication services and has performed discovery and served as an expert witness in enforcement and infringement actions, including Skype Communications in 2012..