U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Recognizes Automotive Satellite TV Antenna's Innovative Design
MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Jul 30, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) announced today that it has been awarded U.S. Design Patent #D493,164, "Mobile Antenna," for the design of its low-profile TracVision A5 satellite TV antenna for automobiles and other passenger vehicles.
The TracVision A5 is designed specifically for use in passenger vehicles and offers the option of either a roof rack or rooftop mounting system for added versatility. It uses KVH's hybrid phased-array antenna technology and works exclusively with DIRECTV® satellite TV programming. The TracVision A5 is the only low-profile, in-motion satellite TV system for automobiles that is currently available to consumers in the United States. It was recently named a Design and Engineering Honoree by the Consumer Electronics Association during the 2004 International Consumer Electronics Show. In addition, the TracVision A5 was a finalist in Product Design and Development Magazine's 2003 Engineering Awards.
"The TracVision A5 is one of the premier satellite TV antennas in KVH's family of products and remains the only low-profile satellite TV system available specifically for use on SUVs, minivans, and other passenger vehicles," concluded Dodez. "This patent is the first to be granted for the TracVision A5's design and antenna technology, and is based on one of the several TracVision A5 patent applications currently under consideration. Patents such as this contribute significantly to our competitive advantage and serve to discourage copycat designs that could confuse consumers and the marketplace."
Additional information regarding the TracVision A5 and KVH's complete line of mobile satellite TV systems can be found at http://www.tracvision.com.
High-resolution, press-ready images of the TracVision A5 are available for download and editorial use at http://www.kvh.com/tracvision/TVA5_MediaImages.asp.
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leader in designing and manufacturing satellite television antennas for mobile applications on land or sea. An ISO 9001-certified company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic and military navigation product manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Kokkedal, Denmark.
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