Los Angeles-based Boingo Wireless, which operates an international network of Wi-Fi access points, said today that it has been awarded its first patent, covering a method for accessing networks by a mobile device. The firm said the patent, No. 7,483,984 was issued by the United State Patent and Trademark Office. According to the USPTO, the patent was actually awarded on January 27th of this year, and has been in process since December of 2002. Inventors on the patent include Neils Jonker, the firm's CTO, as well as William Paul Allen McDaniel, and Boingo Wireless founder Sky Dayton. The firm's attorney in the patent filing was Fish & Richardson P.C. Boingo said it has a number of other patent pending focused on automatic network selection and authentication, and also for detection, association and logging on to networks.