[asterisk-users] Verizon-Vonage Lawsuit

Kenneth Padgett kenneth.padgett at gmail.com
Mon Apr 9 20:49:31 MST 2007

> "The jury found that three of five disputed patents were infringed and
> all are valid, while rejecting Verizon's claim that the infringement was
> willful. The patents cover a method of translating calls between the
> Internet and standard phones, call-waiting features and wireless handsets."

Is it just me, or does this whole Verizon vs. Vonage seem strikingly
similar to SCO vs. Linux? Where's the supporting documentation?
Where's the patents? I think it's all hush hush because Verizon
believes they can scare people back to them and tarnish Vonage's name,
thus eliminating the biggest competitor they've had in a long time.

I'm not doubting that patents exist, I'm just betting that you'd have
to have some seriously drunken vision to interpret them as the exact
business processes Vonage uses. I think if Verizon thought for a
second they had solid ground to stand on, they would disclose which
patents they're referencing so the public could decide.

I dumped Verizon for Vonage years ago before they have millions of
subscribers. I had more trouble with Verizon than I ever have with
Vonage. All the call quality problems I ever had where easily resolved
with some simple QoS configs on my router. If Vonage goes away, I just
won't have home phone service. I'll never go back to Verizon.

I guess we're all screwed when we find out Vonage runs on Asterisk and
Digium cards!


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