Skip the navigation

AT&T, Vonage finalize patent lawsuit settlement

That was quick

By Martyn Williams
December 23, 2007 12:00 PM ET

IDG News Service - A patent infringement lawsuit filed by AT&T Inc. against voice-over-IP telephony provider Vonage has been settled, Vonage said late Friday.

The settlement brings an unusually speedy end to the lawsuit, which was filed by AT&T on Oct. 17. It alleged Vonage willfully infringed an AT&T patent related to telephone systems that allow people to make VoIP calls using standard telephone devices. A breakdown in talks between the two companies over the issue led to the lawsuit, said AT&T at the time.

Less than a month later, on Nov. 7, the two companies said they had tentatively agreed to a settlement. At that time, Vonage said it would pay AT&T around $39 million under the terms of the settlement.

Final terms were not disclosed on Friday when, in a brief statement, Vonage said the dispute had been settled.

Vonage previously settled a patent suit with Verizon Communications Inc. for $80 million to $120 million, depending on the results of its appeal of a court ruling on two patents, and with Sprint Nextel Corp. for $80 million. As part of the Sprint Nextel deal, Vonage agreed to license more than 100 patents covering technology for connecting calls from a traditional phone network to an IP network. The Verizon settlement came after a court found Vonage had infringed upon the carrier's patents.

Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
Our Commenting Policies
Internet of Things: Get the latest!
Internet of Things

Our new bimonthly Internet of Things newsletter helps you keep pace with the rapidly evolving technologies, trends and developments related to the IoT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!