Another Day, Another Set Of Prior Art Discovered Against Verizon's VoIP Patents

from the and-on-and-on-and-on dept

It seems like every day people discover even more prior art concerning the patents Verizon is using to cut off Vonage. First there was evidence from the VoIP forum that came out before Verizon applied for its patents. Then people turned up some evidence of a patent from 3Com that predates the Verizon patents that appears to cover the same thing. Now, Jeff Pulver has been reminded that the work he did on Free World Dialup (FWD) also appears to predate Verizon's patents by quite some time. Of course, all this prior art is great... but it likely comes way too late for Vonage. The process to get the Patent Office to even begin reviewing the patents in question will take some time, as will various responses and reviews. So don't think that, just because there's a ton of prior art, the patents are toast. Of course, the fact that these patents were granted in the first place despite all this prior art should get people to question how the patent office (doesn't) work, but it seems that few people are actually interested in digging deep into that question.
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    Steve R. (profile), 24 Apr 2007 @ 8:41am

    Justaaguy: The "problem" is not an out of control bureaucracy. The patent office is spineless. It is simply doing the bidding of the corporations. The real problem is that corporations are in a feeding frenzy of extorting property rights on any concept they can dream-up.

    The current issue of Forbes (5/7/2007) has a good article titled "Patent Pirates". Forbes writes "Hedge funds and institutional investors are financing the latest wave of IP lawsuits." ... "DeepNines is a tiny Dallas software maker that protects corporate computer networks from hackers and other threats. But in August it became an attacker, filing a lawsuit against McAfee (nyse: MFE - news - people ). The suit alleges that the security-software giant infringed on a DeepNines patent, one that combines an intrusion detection and prevention system with a firewall, in a single device. McAfee denies the charge, saying the patent relies on previously known technology, and is gearing up for a long and costly fight."

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