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MLB Advanced Media awarded United States Patent for online geolocation technology
05/14/2009 11:11 AM ET

NEW YORK -- On behalf of the MLB Advanced Media, LP, Board of Directors, Chairman Robert A. DuPuy announced today that the interactive media and Internet company of Major League Baseball has been granted a United States Patent for a system and method for verifying access based on a determined geographic location of a subscriber of a service provided via a computer network.

"It is an honor for MLB Advanced Media to receive the special recognition that constitutes a United States Patent," said DuPuy. "The patent issuance is also representative of the innovation the MLBAM technology team demonstrates by remaining at the forefront of interactive and advance technologies. This entire team is to be congratulated and commended for its achievement."

The full text and images of the United States Patent #7,486,943 are available here. MLB Advanced Media believes it marks the first United States Patent directly issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to the baseball industry in the modern era. The company has an additional 10 patent applications pending approval.

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