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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    Danny, 22 Oct 2007 @ 7:28am

    Moe may have a point...

    With three companies (and I wouldn't be surpried if a few more come out of the woodwork) trying to get a piece of Vonage I wonder about two things:

    1.Since all three of these companies are suing over patents related to VoIP then doesn't that mean that those three companies are probably violating each others patents? But I'm sure there is more than enough coprorate back scratching to clear that up.

    2.How non-obvious can these VoIP patents be if three companies are ganging up on Vonage to for lawsuits? If only there was some way to have those patents rendered invalid.

    2.If by chance AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are all going after Vonage over "different" patents that all realted to VoIP doesn't that mean that anyone that is not one of those three companies will either have to pay outrageous licensing fees or be sued out of existence?

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