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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    Bob Knight, 22 Oct 2007 @ 2:51am

    When You Don't Have The Cash To Fight, You Switch.

    I bet most of these patents sound like this:

    A method to carry voice conversations over a TCP/IP network using analog to digital and digital to analog conversion.

    Prior art would be the first analog to digital audio patent.

    I think the reason Vonage is not fighting all these suits tooth and nail, is that they are not able to because of the cost.

    As to jury verdicts in patent suits, most juries are made up of the functional equivalent of the 67 year old woman who can even turn on a computer.

    Vonage started to take market share, so it has to be stomped out

    The reason I went to Vonage was all the taxes on my POTS land line. I mean 26 bucks for all the calling you want is not to bad, before Vonage I paid 32 dollars just for the privilege of a land line and that was before I used long distance.

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