The business VoIP provider said the U.S. Patent Office granted a patent called “Virtual Telephone Extension.” The patent number is 7,684,554.
The technology in question routes communications through a user identifier that serves as a virtual extension number, 8×8 said. That way, users can direct their calls to the device of their choice, no matter where they are located.
So far, 8×8, which was founded in 1987, has racked up 76 patents. This latest patent contains 20 claims and was filed in 2002.
8×8’s shares had ballooned 4.32 percent by 12:43 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, trading at $1.38.