AT&T Joins The Party Of Jealous Telcos: Sues Vonage For Patent Infringement

from the anyone-else-want-in? dept

If you can't beat 'em, sue 'em for patent infringement. That seems to be the lesson that various telcos have learned in dealing with Vonage. Having seen Verizon and Sprint win big awards for patent infringement against Vonage, AT&T has now sued the company for patent infringement as well. The story, once again, is exactly the same. AT&T tried, and failed, to compete with Vonage in the marketplace. So now that they've lost, they've sued. It has nothing to do with Vonage "stealing" any technology. The technology behind VoIP is fairly straightforward. Perhaps that's why it seems like everyone claims to have VoIP patents. At this point, it's just ridiculous piling on against the first company that actually figured out how to market a VoIP telephone replacement service by a bunch of telcos who refused to innovate.

Filed Under: patents, telcos, voip
Companies: at&t, sprint, verizon, vonage


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    Chronno S. Trigger, 22 Oct 2007 @ 6:38am

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    Your comments always surprise me.

    Vonage is only losing money because they are getting sued by the big dinosaures who can only wright up patents that should be invalid. Seems obvious to me that these patents are far to obvious and broad.

    As a reminder to you, patents are to encourage innovation. Vonige innovated, Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T failed to.

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