Vonage Holding Corp. said it may have a way to get around
Verizon's patents. The VoIP company said that it may have technology that
will allow the company to continue offering its services. The workaround
technology is necessary to allow customers to call standard telephones.
"We will begin rolling these workarounds out shortly, hopefully in the
next few weeks, and we believe they will work,'' Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Citron said on a conference call today, reported
The necessity for the new technology comes after Vonage was found by the jury
for infringing on Verizon's patents for VoIP to standard telephone calling
technology. Vonage was cut a break with a permanent stay of
injunction granted in April, allowing the company to sign up new customers.
According to Citron, the new Vonage technology for standard phone calling can
be installed through software downloads and should not be high cost for
Vonage filed a written argument yesterday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Federal Court of Washington. Vonage is claiming that the judge's
interpretation of Verizon's patents and the jury's verdict are invalid and
should be thrown out. Verizon's reply to the written argument is due May 23,
and the appeal will be argued before a three-judge panel on June 25.
quote: Honestly I'd be more interested in the make up of the jury and the qualifications of the judge to interpret the patent.