NEW YORK, NY, February 23, 2004 - Droplets, Inc. announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for Droplets' rich thin client software technology (U.S. Patent No. 6,687,745 - System and method for delivering a graphical user interface of remote applications over a thin bandwidth connection) In addition to its U. S. patent, Droplets Inc. has filed for patent protection worldwide.
The patent relates to the concept of accessing graphical user interfaces of remote applications in private client/server networks as well as over the public Internet (Rich Internet Applications). The patent further relates to the Droplets technology implementation with its network bandwidth optimizations, and the unique user interaction capabilities of Droplets applications, such as the ability to access an application within a Web page and then drag that application out to the PC desktop where it can continue to be accessed like any other piece of local software.
The Droplets technology enables software developers to create network applications that have the rich interaction and usability of native desktop software combined with the administrative ease, universal accessibility, and high security of server-based Web applications. Droplets applications use only approximately 10% of the network bandwidth of typical Web applications, thereby lowering enterprise costs and dramatically improving the responsiveness of applications for dial-up users and mobile wireless users. Droplets applications are cross-platform and can be accessed within Web pages or directly from PC desktops or mobile devices. The Droplets technology is able to offer these advantages because it leaves 100% of the application program code on the server and interacts with the user through generic rich-thin client software that then interacts with the desktop operating system or the Web browser. This server-based architecture also affords Droplets applications military-grade security. Droplets applications can be written in standard Java and C++. The upcoming Droplets version 3.0 will also support MicroFocus COBOL and all of the Microsoft .NET languages.
"Years ago, we saw the need to develop rich thin client technology as the way to take Internet applications to the next level, and have been working hard since then to bring the value of that vision to our customers. We took the necessary steps to protect our unique Droplets invention and are very proud that the USPTO has officially accepted our invention as novel and granted our patent," said Philip Brittan, Chairman of Droplets, Inc. "Rich thin client technology is of critical importance for Utility Computing, which will be the next wave in IT. We will defend our patent vigorously against any infringement."
Droplets, Inc. is a privately held software company with offices in Dallas, Texas and New York City. Droplets' rich-thin client software has been licensed by Global 1000 enterprises, U.S. armed services, ISVs, and ASPs. A free trial version is available for download on the Droplets Web site at www.droplets.com/developer.
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