Verizon Sues Vonage

by Bruce Stewart

In the latest blow to everyone's favorite VoIP punching bag, Vonage now has to deal with a lawsuit from Verizon that alleges patent infringement. Verizon asserts that Vonage is infringing on at least 7 VoIP-related patents, including some that impact Vonage's voice mail, WiFi phones, and call forwarding services. There's a ton of comments and analysis on this lawsuit around the blogosphere and Ars Technica has a good summary of Vonage's latest woes. It's hard for me to imagine that Verizon holds enforcable patents on things like VoIP call forwarding and voice mail, but if so it certainly wouldn't be the strangest thing to come out of our patent system.