Daily CommBytes 5/18/07

Everybody knows that Verizon won its patent suit against Vonage. But how many people understand the patents that were the basis of the case? Robert Green at Briefing.com has laid it all out in a helpful chart format describing each of the patents. Plus, a discussion of the how the court ruling is highly likely to have an impact on cable companies' VoIP offerings. Here. By 2010 46 million of us are going to be watching some kind of video on our phone, according to Infonetics. Here. Skype … [Read more...]

Verizon Patents – Next Round

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. … [Read more...]

Verizon Limits Unlimited

Fresh from its victorious pummeling of Vonage, Verizon is now gunning for abusers of its "unlimited" EV-DO data services who use more than 5GB of bandwidth in a month. Sounds like "any color you want as long as it's black." According to the carrier's user agreement, subscribers exceeding the limit are "presumed to be using the service in a manner prohibited" according to the service agreement and their service will be "terminated" immediately. Verizon says that the data service can only be … [Read more...]

Verizon KOs Vonage

It looks like Chicken Little was right. The sky is falling and Foxy Woxy Verizon is going to snap off Vonage’s head with a permanent injunction that bids fair to shut down the VoIP provider. Now I’m certainly no expert on intellectual property law so I’ll leave comment about the legal ins and outs to the lawyers. But as a citizen, I think there’s something here that gets to the heart of the whole notion of intellectual property. Nobody disputes your right to the opportunity to make … [Read more...]