Klausner Continues To Sue Everyone Over Visual Voicemail Patent

from the this-is-innovation? dept

You may recall stories involving a small patent holding firm called Klausner Technologies, which claims to hold patents on the concept of "visual voicemail." It seems to have interpreted these patents pretty broadly to the point that it considers anyone who offers any graphical interface to voicemail as infringing. Over the years, that's meant lawsuits against AOL, Vonage, Apple, eBay, AT&T and others. Apparently, suing one by one was too much trouble, because Klausner has now sued another bunch of companies including Google, Verizon and Embarq. Of course, the company is playing up the fact that all those other companies it sued settled, but we've seen that game before. There's not much new here as this scenario is all too common. We have a company with an overly broad patent on a concept that was a natural obvious progression of the art, suing pretty much every company that actually innovates, thus making actual innovation more expensive.
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Filed Under: patents, visual voicemail
Companies: embarq, google, klausner, lg, verizon


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    net625 (profile), 27 Apr 2010 @ 10:27pm

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    I'm sure apple has already done that and will start suing nats and work their way up the food chain to wall mart greeters and the french to ceos and then to world leaders and end with vampires and then possibly just for giggles, sue god because Steve jobs sees the belly button as an unnecessary port.

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