Meetrix Gets Patent

Los Angeles-based Meetrix, a developer of an online virtual conference room service, said today that it has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. The patent, number 7,664,056, was issued February 16th, and covers "Media based collaboration using mixed-mode PSTN and Internet networks". According to the USPTO, the patent covers a technique to allow standard telephone users to audio conference with video conferencing participants over IP networks. Thomas A. Dye and Thomas A. Dundon are the inventors on the patent, which was originally filed in March of 2004. Meetrix was represented by Kerr IP Group in the patent filing. Meetrix has its business operations in Los Angeles, with engineering in Austin, Texas. The firm's CEO is Jebb Dykstra.