Vonage Loses Latest Round in Court
An appeals court handed another setback to Vonage on Thursday, denying the VoIP provider’s request for a new trial in its litigation with Verizon, Reuters reported.
At issue in the motion, filed before the federal circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, was whether an earlier verdict by a lower court that found Vonage had violated Verizon’s patents could be vacated, on the strength of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling (KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc.) concerning patents. The court rejected the motion, but did find that Vonage can cite the Court ruling as part of its appeal.
Vonage is fighting for its life in the case, and may very well go out of business if it can no longer use its patents. The company’s CEO stepped down last month, and it filed papers with the SEC indicating that it may declare bankruptcy.