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U.S. Patent and Trade Office Issues New Interactive Seat Map Patent to CEATS, Inc.

TYLER, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

The U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) issued the 21st patent to CEATS, Inc. this week, which is part of a series of patents related to interactive seat map technology. The patents collectively will enhance the consumer's ticketing experience through the use of innovative technology in reservations, ticketing, boarding pass or voucher issuance, and payment confirmation.

Like the four patents issued in the third quarter of 2012, the newest CEATS patent protects the use of interactive seat maps to manage reservations at venues or on airline flights by preventing duplicate reservations. The technology described in this patent enables customers to skip will-call lines or ticketing agents by printing out tickets and boarding passes at home or in the office.

“We are grateful that the USPTO approved our patent today for this exceptional technology. We remain committed as a company to innovate and develop cutting-edge technologies that will benefit the event and travel industries. The real winners today are the consumers who will benefit from these technologies,” said CEATS Chairman, Milford Skane.

Since 2008, CEATS' technological breakthroughs have resulted in the issuance of 21 different patents by the USPTO. These technologies include patents for electronic seat selection at events or on airplanes, printed boarding passes, smart phone technology for admission, as well as a technology for e-ticketing and other technological advances to facilitate the arbitrage of tickets and payment confirmation to the sellers.

Patent Background:

The five new patent descriptions issued between August 2012 and January 2013 are:

  • The 8,219,448 patent relates to computer technology that manages reservations at a venue or on an airline flight by allowing users to select a seat using an interactive seat map. In addition, the patented technology also enables websites to offer the user additional services or events for purchase after making the reservation, such as a renting a car.
  • The 8,229,774 patent relates to computer technology that manages reservations at a venue or on an airline flight by allowing users to select a seat using an interactive seat map. This patent improves inventory management for airlines and venues by preventing double-booking.
  • The 8,244,561 patent, similar to the 8,229,774 patent, relates to computer technology that manages reservations at a venue or on an airline flight by allowing users to select a seat using an interactive seat map, and prevents other online users from simultaneously reserving the same seats. The patented technology enhances web-based or touch screen-based seat maps.
  • The 8,239,225 patent relates to computer technology that manages reservations at a venue or on an airline flight by allowing users to select a seat using an interactive seat map. All payments made using this patented technology are encrypted to protect the consumer's credit card information.
  • The newest 8,355,937 patent also relates to computer technology that manages reservations at a venue or on an airline flight by allowing users to select a seat using an interactive seat map. The technology enables users to print out tickets or boarding passes at home without the delay of printing them at the airport or picking them up at a venue, or having to visit a ticketing agent.

CEATS is extremely proud of its technologies and aggressive patent prosecution that has resulted in continued advancement of new and innovative reservation, ticketing and related services to the event, travel and reservation ticketing market. These patents confirm CEATS as a leader in the multibillion dollar travel and ticketing market," said Phillip Trad, CEATS President and CEO.

About CEATS, Inc.

CEATS™, Inc., (“CEATS”) is an Internet Database Ticketing Company located in Tyler, Texas. CEATS patented technology is widely used in multiple industries: including travel, entertainment & sports venues, and reservations. CEATS' patented and proprietary technology affords consumers the opportunity to select an exact seat or seats, or to make and reserve appointments over the Internet. The patents apply widely to sporting events, concerts, theaters, airline flights, cruise line berths, campsites, et al. In addition, CEATS holds patent rights to online appointments and reservations systems, including appointments for doctors, dentists and the automobile industry.

for CEATS, Inc.
Amy Weiss, 202-203-0448
Amy@WeissPublicAffairs.com

 

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