Nortel files patent lawsuit in the U.S. against Vonage

Nortel Networks Corp., the Canadian maker of telecom equipment, filed a lawsuit on Friday against Vonage - claiming that it violated nine patents related to Internet phone services and related features such as 911 and 411 calling and click to call. Nortel spokesman Mohammed Nakhooda said the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Delaware, countered claims made by Vonage that Nortel had violated three of its patents. Vonage Holdings Corp., Holmdel, N.J., was dragged into the legal battle after it acquired three patents from Digital Packet Licensing last year, according to Vonage spokesman Charles Sahner.

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Did any of you guys actually read the article? All you guys are trying to paint Nortel as patent trolls, but according to the article these claims were brought up after Vonage tried to sue Nortel.

Here is the quote straight from the article;
"In this particular case, Vonage is pursuing the legal action, rather than getting sued. Sahner said Nortel's countersuit was a defensive move."

So wait, they own a patent do nothing to defend it then when someone uses the IP and sues them for it they aren't allowed to launch a countersuit?

I can't believe you would call it playground mentality. Not launching a countersuit would be tantamount to admitting they have no claim.

I don't see why a company should have a patent on the method some poor schmuck is able to call the emergency services.

This is irrespective of the fact that there shouldn't be software patents at all.

Is there any particular reason it was filed in Delaware? Are the local laws there more in favour of Nortel than Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, California, Massachusetts or Illinois, where they have offices?

How can you patent calling the emergency services, even if it is via VoIP?
This will mean that a company is forced to licence (i.e. pay through the nose for) something that is required by law to be provided to the end user, or they can't produce a competing product.
Oh, wait, I forgot, it's a US patent story.
Still, it's a touch moneygrabbing to file suit (and patent) in the US if you aren't a US company. What other reason was the patent filed for if not to screw someone over in the future?

I saw this on digg yesterday. Northern Telecom was THE network hardware company when the internet was coming into its heyday and they STILL managed to lose money. Now they're trying to make money off of Vonage seven years after its inception?