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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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Oct 2007 @ 10:47am

    Think about it for a second, this is a free-market economy. Businesses are in business to make money, and to screw the competition any way they can. Vonage was a sinking ship due to their negative financials, so the sharks circled in and are now having their lunch. We can bitch and moan about bogus patents all we want, but the fact is, that it's a legitimate patent, regardless of what we think, and those companies have a right to go after those who infringe.

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