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Court Hears Vonage Appeal of Patent Infringement Case


Telecom News Wire (telecom@telecom-digest.org)
Mon, 25 Jun 2007 20:59:39 -0500

Court Hears Vonage Appeal of Patent Infringement Case

A federal court on Monday heard oral arguments in the Vonage
Holdings-Verizon Communications Inc. patent dispute.

Not much seemed to come of the hearing, except for Judge Timothy B.
Dyk's suggestion that a compromise between the two companies would let
Vonage keep signing new subscribers while finding a
technology-workaround.

Dyk was the only one of the three judges to ask questions. Telecom
analysts for investment firm Stifel Nicolaus speculated that meant a
slight edge for Verizon in the verdict being upheld.

The judges are considering Vonage's appeal of the March jury verdict
that found Vonage infringed on three of Verizonís patents covering
the construction of its Internet phone system. The jury awarded
Verizon $58 million, plus future royalties for continued patent
infringement.

Verizon Communications Inc. www.verizon.com
Vonage Holdings www.vonage.com

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