Vonage Claims Progress in Patent "Work-Around"

Vonage Holdings is making progress in developing a technical "work-around" that would enable the leading US broadband telephony provider to circumvent patents owned by rival Verizon Communications. Vonage is appealing against jury ruling that it infringed three patents held by Verizon -- a ruling that, if it stands, would force Vonage to pay Verizon more than $58 million in damages and 5.5 percent of future subscriptions from lines that use the disputed technology.

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