Monday, April 16, 2007

Vonage Admits It Has No Workaround

Stephen Lawson writes on InfoWorld:

Vonage has acknowledged it has no workaround for technology that was found to infringe Verizon Communications patents and does not know if one is feasible.

The disclosure came Friday when the VoIP service provider made public additional information from an April 6 filing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The filing requests a permanent stay on the injunction issued March 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, which would prevent Vonage from signing up new customers. The appeals court granted Vonage a temporary stay the same day.

Vonage has said it was developing workarounds, or other ways of accomplishing the same tasks, to steer clear of the technology that it has been found to be infringing. The company is still working on those techniques, spokeswoman Brooke Schulz said Monday.

But in a section of the April 6 filing made newly public on Friday at the court's request, the company confirmed it has no such technique.

More here.


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