Forward Technologies LLC is a technology licensing company that was established to expand uses and applications for the technology covered by U.S. Patent No. 4,475,009, "Method and Device for Remotely Controlling Telephone Call Forwarding," that was invented by Elliott Rais and has since expired. The objective of Forward Technologies was to commercialize the intellectual property by licensing the ‘009 patent.
The patent relates to a system for remotely controlling call forwarding for a given telephone line, which comprises detecting the receipt of a remotely transmitted identification code to the given telephone line, storing a desired call forwarding telephone number remotely transmitted after the identification code, and seizing the given telephone line and applying a call forwarding initiate code followed by the stored telephone number. The receipt of a remotely initiated signal is detected at the given telephone line and the given line is seized upon a favorable detection and a call forwarding terminate code is applied.
Forward Technologies was established by, and was managed by, General Patent Corporation (GPC), a leading patent monetization firm. GPC was the exclusive licensing agent for the Forward Technologies’ Patent, and was able to license the patent to nine regional telephone operating companies.