July 10, 2006 2:46 PM PDT

Vonage sued for patent infringement--again

Vonage is once again in the legal hot seat, having been sued by yet another company for allegedly infringing on patents.

Patent-holding company Klausner Technologies said Monday it filed suit against Vonage in federal court in the eastern district of Texas. Klausner claims that Vonage, which sells Internet voice calling service, is infringing on patents being used as part of its voice mail service. Klausner is seeking damages and royalties worth about $180 million.

Vonage is already being sued by two large phone companies for supposedly infringing on patents. Last year, a subsidiary of Sprint-Nextel filed suit against Vonage. Then, in June, Verizon Communications filed suit against the company, claiming it had infringed on seven patents that describe technology for completing phone calls between voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) users and people using phones on the traditional public switched network.

Separately, Vonage said Monday that it has bought three patents from Digital Packet Licensing for an undisclosed amount. Vonage said the patents will help it in its fight against the Sprint and Verizon litigation. Companies such as Motorola, Time Warner and Qwest Communications are already licensing technology from Digital Packet on these VoIP patents. As a result of acquiring the VoIP patents, Vonage also assumes ownership and control over these agreements.

"We're committed to developing, acquiring and protecting the root technologies that are at the heart of our business," Michael Tribolet, president of Vonage America, said in a statement. "The acquisition of these patents is part of Vonage's strategic plan to further develop our core technology and build on our innovative, affordable and feature-rich phone service. Vonage's strategic plan also includes a concerted effort to grow, create and acquire other significant intellectual property portfolios."

The latest lawsuit has comes as Vonage tries to recover from a disappointing stock market debut. The company lost nearly 30 percent of its value in the first week of trading. The Internet telephony provider has also been gearing up to defend itself against several investor lawsuits. Shareholders allege that the company misled them and created artificial demand for the stock.

Klausner, a privately held company that controls several patents for voice over IP technology, settled a lawsuit earlier this year with Time Warner for using its technology in AOL voice mail. Under the settlement, Klausner granted a license to AOL to use the patent. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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Suing the competition.
Is this what major companies do now when competition heats up?
Instead of trying to improve upon their existing services, they try to
sue a successful startup who is doing the better job at better
prices. Forget innovation, just sue the competition and when they
can't pay up... gobble them up and increase your prices without
having to improve anything!!! God its really getting incredibly
annoying.
Posted by ericblr (8 comments )
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Ignorance
ignorance
n : the lack of knowledge or education

There is a thing called the law. And infringing on other peoples
devolopment is not cool. You think this is about competition?
This is about a company that flat out of the blue starts to
advertise for a technology that they "claim" to own. The
technology for Voip has been around for over ten years, and it
takes a LONG legal process for the courts to figure out who
rightfully should own the patent.
If you wrote a song and someone else caught wind of it and
started marketing it like it was their own I think you would be
pissed too. You should have done your reasearch, and shouldn't
have hopped on the band wagon. Vonage investors have started
to cash in thier stocks because they DON'T OWN THE
TECHNOLOGY. They go out and buy three patens from some
company in Texas so that they might be able to cover their rear
in court. But check this out, more than 400,000 customers are
paying homage to Vonage when like theives they have infringed
on something that isn't theirs. It suck to be a part of a company
that has stole a market they don't deserve.
Let me also say that my dad has received OVER 30 PATENTS on
Voip technology, and while Vonage is making a killing in fishing
people into their hooks and having no right to even be at the
pond, my dad has to hire lawyers to get what is rightfully owed
to him, and spend time, and more time just to get somewhere.
So boohoo, cry me a river while you pay into a buch of crooks.

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Posted by AudStanley (4 comments )
Link Flag
Ignorance
ignorance
n : the lack of knowledge or education

There is a thing called the law. And infringing on other peoples
development is not cool. You think this is about competition?
This is about a company that flat out of the blue starts to
advertise for a technology that they "claim" to own. The
technology for Voip has been around for over ten years, and it
takes a LONG legal process for the courts to figure out who
rightfully should own the patent.
If you wrote a song and someone else caught wind of it and
started marketing it like it was their own I think you would be
pissed too. You should have done your research, and shouldn't
have hopped on the bandwagon. Vonage investors have started
to cash in their stocks because they DON'T OWN THE
TECHNOLOGY. They go out and buy three patens from some
company in Texas so that they might be able to cover their rear
in court. But check this out, more than 400,000 customers are
paying homage to Vonage when like thieves they have infringed
on something that isn't theirs. It sucks to be a part of a
company that has stole a market they don't deserve.
Let me also say that my dad has received OVER 30 PATENTS on
Voip technology, and while Vonage is making a killing in fishing
people into their hooks and having no right to even be at the
pond, my dad has to hire lawyers to get what is rightfully owed
to him, and spend time, and more time just to get somewhere.
So boohoo, cry me a river while you pay into a bunch of crooks.

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?" target="_newWindow">http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?</a>
Sect1=PTO1&#38;Sect2=HITOFF&#38;d=PALL&#38;p=1&#38;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FP
TO%2Fsrchnum.htm&#38;r=1&#38;f=G&#38;l=50&#38;s1=7068668.PN.&#38;OS=PN/
7068668&#38;RS=PN/7068668
Posted by AudStanley (4 comments )
Link Flag
Suing the competition.
Is this what major companies do now when competition heats up?
Instead of trying to improve upon their existing services, they try to
sue a successful startup who is doing the better job at better
prices. Forget innovation, just sue the competition and when they
can't pay up... gobble them up and increase your prices without
having to improve anything!!! God its really getting incredibly
annoying.
Posted by ericblr (8 comments )
Reply Link Flag
Ignorance
ignorance
n : the lack of knowledge or education

There is a thing called the law. And infringing on other peoples
devolopment is not cool. You think this is about competition?
This is about a company that flat out of the blue starts to
advertise for a technology that they "claim" to own. The
technology for Voip has been around for over ten years, and it
takes a LONG legal process for the courts to figure out who
rightfully should own the patent.
If you wrote a song and someone else caught wind of it and
started marketing it like it was their own I think you would be
pissed too. You should have done your reasearch, and shouldn't
have hopped on the band wagon. Vonage investors have started
to cash in thier stocks because they DON'T OWN THE
TECHNOLOGY. They go out and buy three patens from some
company in Texas so that they might be able to cover their rear
in court. But check this out, more than 400,000 customers are
paying homage to Vonage when like theives they have infringed
on something that isn't theirs. It suck to be a part of a company
that has stole a market they don't deserve.
Let me also say that my dad has received OVER 30 PATENTS on
Voip technology, and while Vonage is making a killing in fishing
people into their hooks and having no right to even be at the
pond, my dad has to hire lawyers to get what is rightfully owed
to him, and spend time, and more time just to get somewhere.
So boohoo, cry me a river while you pay into a buch of crooks.

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?" target="_newWindow">http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?</a>
Sect1=PTO1&#38;Sect2=HITOFF&#38;d=PALL&#38;p=1&#38;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FP
TO%2Fsrchnum.htm&#38;r=1&#38;f=G&#38;l=50&#38;s1=7068668.PN.&#38;OS=PN/
7068668&#38;RS=PN/7068668
Posted by AudStanley (4 comments )
Link Flag
Ignorance
ignorance
n : the lack of knowledge or education

There is a thing called the law. And infringing on other peoples
development is not cool. You think this is about competition?
This is about a company that flat out of the blue starts to
advertise for a technology that they "claim" to own. The
technology for Voip has been around for over ten years, and it
takes a LONG legal process for the courts to figure out who
rightfully should own the patent.
If you wrote a song and someone else caught wind of it and
started marketing it like it was their own I think you would be
pissed too. You should have done your research, and shouldn't
have hopped on the bandwagon. Vonage investors have started
to cash in their stocks because they DON'T OWN THE
TECHNOLOGY. They go out and buy three patens from some
company in Texas so that they might be able to cover their rear
in court. But check this out, more than 400,000 customers are
paying homage to Vonage when like thieves they have infringed
on something that isn't theirs. It sucks to be a part of a
company that has stole a market they don't deserve.
Let me also say that my dad has received OVER 30 PATENTS on
Voip technology, and while Vonage is making a killing in fishing
people into their hooks and having no right to even be at the
pond, my dad has to hire lawyers to get what is rightfully owed
to him, and spend time, and more time just to get somewhere.
So boohoo, cry me a river while you pay into a bunch of crooks.

<a class="jive-link-external" href="http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?" target="_newWindow">http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?</a>
Sect1=PTO1&#38;Sect2=HITOFF&#38;d=PALL&#38;p=1&#38;u=%2Fnetahtml%2FP
TO%2Fsrchnum.htm&#38;r=1&#38;f=G&#38;l=50&#38;s1=7068668.PN.&#38;OS=PN/
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