receives patent

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The founders of, a free online marine navigation service and water enthusiast portal, have been issued a patent for an invention that relates to a method and an associated system for providing navigational assistance to marine wayfarers, the company reported in a release yesterday.

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has issued Patent No. 7,209,829 to Kenneth Litvack and Harry Sangha, founders of

The invention “relates to a method and associated system for assisting marine travelers in planning routes between trip start points and trip end points,” the company wrote in its release. “Well-known services exist for providing automobile drivers, via the global computer network known as the Internet, with road maps and even recommended routes for travel over highways and roads from a start address to a destination address. Boat users, however, have not been privy to such a service. There is a need for such a service, namely, an Internet-mediated navigation assistance service that provides waterway travelers with marine maps and recommended routes between trip start points and trip end points.”

“This is a very exciting time for NavQuest,” Harry Sangha, the company’s president, said. “It is important to NavQuest to protect our intellectual property and ensure that our one of a kind online marine navigation products stay relevant, and on the cutting edge of technology.”

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