[asterisk-users] Verizon-Vonage Lawsuit
tim at mexuar.com
Sat Apr 7 05:59:19 MST 2007
On 7 Apr 2007, at 07:02, Jay Milk wrote:
> If Verizon's patent claim is indeed so broad as to prevent Vonage's
> PSTN interconnect, then Verizon would still have to show that the
> patent is non-obvious and a truly new invention
Sadly not - if they have a patent granted, then the onus of proof is
the other way around, Vonage
and the rest of us have to prove it is obvious or cite prior-art.
> That last point could be quite a big one against VZ -- Vonage is
> gaining customers not because they stole Verizon's doubtful IP, but
> because they offer a better deal. In my area, Vonage is cheaper
> than a Verizon dialtone alone -- and I'd still pay for each
> outgoing call if I had Verizon.
> That said, this is going to be interesting to watch for all us
> asterisk users. If Vonage loses this one, VZ is going to go after
> the next VOIP provider... and sooner or later, anti-trust
> regulation will kick in.
> Fun world.
If I were Vonage I'd have a delegation in HongKong now, moving all my
to somewhere where the US patent system is treated with the contempt
it is starting to earn.
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