We’re not sure if it’s hip to be on Team Vonage, but to hell with it. We are. At least, we’d like them to stay in business so they can worry about things like improving their crap customer service and not “Oh God, are we going to be able to feed Tiny Tim this Christmas?” We’re pro-capitalism like that. Anyhow, we’re pleased to announce that Vonage claims to be able to work around Verizon’s parents.
We sort of find this hard to believe, because Verizon has, in fact, patented the internet. And they haven’t stopped there, no. For all we know, Verizon may have patented a process for working around other people’s patents. Ha, ha! Now what, Vonage!? Verizon is smarter than all of us. From Bloomberg:
`We will begin rolling these workarounds out shortly, hopefully in the next few weeks, and we believe they will work,” Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Citron said on a conference call today as the Holmdel, New Jersey-based company reported a narrower first-quarter loss….Vonage’s new technology can be installed through software downloads and shouldn’t be costly to deploy, Citron said.
Somewhere, off in the distance, a Verizon lawyer is laughing and counting her 2341 degrees from the University of Harvard at Yale-Columbia-NYU of Chicago-Virginia. Best lawyers, ever. —MEGHANN MARCO
Vonage Says It May Have Way Around Disputed Patents (Update5) [Bloomberg]
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