About Forward Technologies LLC
Forward Technologies LLC is the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 4,475,009, "Method and Device for Remotely Controlling Telephone Call Forwarding." Forward Technologies is a technology licensing company that was established to expand the uses and applications for the technology covered by the ‘009 Patent, and to ultimately license and commercialize the technology covered by the patent.
Forward Technologies was established by General Patent Corporation, a leading patent monetization firm. The inventor of the ‘009 patent, Elliott Rais, and General Patent Corporation are members of the LLC.
The technology covered by the patent is for remotely controlling call forwarding for a given telephone line. This includes 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 that line is seized upon a favorable detection and a call forwarding terminate code is applied.
General Patent Corporation is the managing partner of Forward Technologies and was the exclusive licensing agent for the Forward Technologies’ Patent. General Patent was able to license the ‘009 Patent, which expired in 2001, to nine regional telephone operating companies.