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by Mike Masnick




Verizon Wins Patent Case Against Vonage; Now Pushing To Shut Down Vonage Service

from the hurray-for-innovation dept

Following yesterday's request by Verizon that Vonage pay nearly $200 million for actually innovating while Verizon sat on the sidelines, a jury has sided with Verizon, and told Vonage to pay up. They didn't go all the way, however, finding Vonage only violated some patents, and saying the fine should be $58 million and 5.5% of future service revenue. Verizon, however, has also asked the judge to issue an injunction to shut down Vonage's service. Given the recent MercExchange/eBay Supreme Court decision hopefully the judge will realize that an injunction isn't reasonable here. Vonage, of course, will appeal, so this is anything but over. What will likely happen, though, is that Vonage will just settle the case, because at some point it's just cheaper to settle than to fight. Apparently, that's what you get for innovating as a small company these days.

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  1. identicon
    angry dude, 9 Mar 2007 @ 11:00am

    Mike's education

    "Considering Mike has what appears to be a very successful career, due to a borad education..."

    Are you serious or just making fun of the poor Mike ?

    On too many occasions Mike has shown absolute ignorance of:
    1) intellectual property laws
    2) basics of economics
    3) technology matters

    So where is his " borad education" exactly ?
    Public relations BS ? Political propaganda ?

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