Court grants permanent stay;Vonage may sign up new customers

A U.S. appeals court today granted Vonage Holdings Corp. a permanent stay against a lower court ruling barring it from providing service to new customers. On April 6, Judge Claude Hilton of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered Vonage to stop signing up new customers after a March jury ruling that the VoIP (voice over Internet Protocol) provider had infringed three Verizon Communications Inc. patents. On the same day, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington gave Vonage a temporary stay of Hilton's order.

The appeals court made the stay permanent while Vonage appeals the patent infringement decision. Vonage believes it has a strong case for appeal, company officials said today. Vonage applauded the appeals court decision. "It's business as usual for us," Jeffrey Citron, Vonage's chairman and interim CEO, said in a statement. "We remain focused on growing and strengthening our business and driving toward profitability."

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News source: ComputerWorld

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Umm, I agree, but the part about a jury finding that infringement occurred 'has yet to be proven in court' doesn't tell you that it was proven?

Did I miss what you are saying?

Did I miss what you are saying?

No. I screwed up. I wasn't paying enough attention to what had actually transpired. In other words, I forgot to put my brain in gear before engaging my mouth!

A good decision. This prevents big companies from damaging or putting smaller companies out of business on the basis of allegations that have yet to be proven in court.