As predicted, “prior art” has been found for the patents that Verizon claims that Vonage has infringed on. Fierce VoIP’s Dan Rosenbaum noted it this morning. It’s a USENET post from 1995 describing the connection of calls between the Internet and the PSTN. The author, Jack Decker, says in his introduction, I want to go on record as proposing this now so that when someone gets the bright idea in a few
months or years, I can point to this as ‘prior art.'”
Let the fun begin.