Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Vonage Wins Permanent Stay

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. has issued Vonage a permanent stay of a previous court's injunction that would have barred it from signing up new customers.

Vonage sought the stay following an April 6th decision by the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. enjoining the company from using certain VoIP technology to add new customers. The permanent stay enables Vonage to continue adding new customers as it pursues an appeal of the patent infringement ruling.

Vonage will however continue to pay into escrow a quarterly royalty of 5.5 percent throughout the appeals process and also will post a $66 million bond as required by the court.

"We believe the original verdict was based on an erroneous claim construction -- meaning the patents in this case were defined in an overly broad and legally unprecedented way," says Sharon O'Leary,Vonage EVP and chief legal officer. "We believe the district court's decisions repeatedly neglected well-established law on claim construction and, as a result, artificially expanded the coverage of Verizon's patents well beyond what was intended by the patent trademark process."

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