Monday, May 14, 2007

Vonage vs Verizon

Verizon has Vonage tied up in court for patent infringement and recently Vonage lost their case. Not only that but the court said Vonage had to stop selling its services. I recieve this update from a collegue that uses Vonage in his business. I know we have a few customers that use it as well, whether at home or at work. This post is for you.

Amy Babinchak
Harbor Computer Services

I know that a number of our members use Vonage as their main land line. It is hard to beat the features and the cost. When I signed up with Vonage, several years ago, I cut my monthly phone costs by close to two thirds and got an 800 number to boot, as well as features that are unavailable with SBC’s normal telephone service.

But in the last couple of months, there have been some disturbing news releases regarding Vonage’s law suit with Verizon. Verizon has claimed that Vonage has infringed upon their technology, and the courts seem to agree. Vonage lost its patent infringement lawsuit to Verizon in March. And the question was whether they could even provide service after some future date. Vonage was also directed for a short time to stop further account development. Like many other small business owners that rely on Vonage, in March I was wondering what my next step was.

But Vonage was able to win it’s latest battle on April 24th. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit granted Vonage's request for an extended stay of a lower court injunction while it appeals. See the attached articles for additional information.


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