ViaSat had 38 patents in space economy during Q1 2024. ViaSat Inc’s patents in Q1 2024 focus on optimizing bandwidth resource usage in network infrastructures by delaying content delivery, utilizing antenna systems with asymmetric beam patterns to reduce interference, and dynamically allocating satellite capacity based on aircraft load forecasting. These innovations aim to improve efficiency and performance in satellite communications systems. GlobalData’s report on ViaSat gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

ViaSat grant share with space economy as a theme is 47% in Q1 2024. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Recent Patents

Application: Opportunistic delivery of cacheable content in a communications network (Patent ID: US20240039866A1)

The patent filed by ViaSat Inc. describes systems and methods for utilizing opportunistically delayed delivery of content to improve bandwidth resource utilization in network infrastructures where subscribers share forward link resources. Content identified as delayable is assigned to a delaycast queue or service flow to exploit future excess link capacity through multicasting and subscriber-side storage resources. Various embodiments include content scoring and prioritization techniques to optimize the exploitation of the delaycast queue. The patent also outlines a computer-implemented method for providing content to a user system in a communications infrastructure, involving options for real-time delivery or delayed delivery based on available bandwidth and cache status at the user system.

The system and method detailed in the patent involve receiving content requests, determining cache status, comparing bandwidth requirements to available bandwidth, and presenting users with options for real-time or delayed delivery based on these factors. The system includes components such as an optimizer, gateway, and account manager to manage content delivery efficiently. By offering users the choice between immediate delivery and delayed delivery based on network conditions, the patent aims to enhance bandwidth utilization and user experience in shared network environments. Additionally, the patent outlines means for maintaining a client dictionary to track stored content and optimize delivery decisions based on cache status.

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