>> Peter wrote:
>>> A federal judge dealt a blow to Vonage Holdings Corp. that sent its
>>> stock reeling on Friday, when he agreed to bar the company from
>>> using Internet phone call technology patented by Verizon
>>> Communications Inc. ... A jury on March 8 found Vonage had
>>> infringed three patents owned by Verizon. ...
>> When Vonage hit the scene, a number of participants here were quite
>> enthused about it. I am curious as to what they think of the current >> situation.
>> Also, could anyone explain -- in layman's terms -- what the three >> patents covered?
> From Cnet:
> "The patents Vonage was found to have infringed deal with technologies
> involving connection of VoIP calls to the regular phone network, some
> features for implementing call-waiting and voice-mail services, and VoIP
> calls using Wi-Fi handsets."
So it's the connection method is it? Far as I can recall, switches of all sizes have been IP aware for quite some time now. My Vonage line is in essence a VoIP phone connected to a real switch. Verizon and that damned jury doesn't seem to understand that part.