Vonage Vows to Return to Court

After losing Sprint's patent infringement lawsuit today, Vonage announced that the VoIP pioneer intends to ask the U.S. District Court to set aside the $69.5 million in damages that jurors awarded Sprint. If the request isn't granted, Vonage intends to appeal the decision.  "We are disappointed that the jury did not recognize that our technology differs from that of Sprint's patents," said Sharon O'Leary, Vonage's chief legal officer, in a press release today. "Our top priority is to … [Read more...]

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...]

Vonage Lets Customers Have it Their Way

Vonage got some good news this week, winning a permanent stay on the injunction that might well have put the consumer VoIP pioneer out of business. The company is apparently celebrating by giving customers a handy new feature: Vonage Text, which transcribes voicemails to text so you can read them right from your e-mail. It may seem small, but it's an extremely powerful feature. For example, how often have you strained to listen to a message in a noisy place like an airport? Now you can … [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...]