Vonage to pay Verizon $58m over infringement case

Internet phone giant Vonage must pay Verizon Communications $58 million for infringing on three patents that enable the upstart's low-cost telephone service, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said the judgment is far less than the $197 million that Verizon had requested, and it was more in line with what Vonage had suggested, if the company was found liable.

Still undetermined is whether Vonage will be barred from using Verizon's technology, the report said.
Following the verdict, attorneys for New York-based Verizon requested a permanent injunction barring Vonage from further use of the patented technology, the report added.

A hearing on the request was scheduled for March 23 in a US District Court in Alexandria .

Verizon sued Vonage last year for infringing on five patents that it said Vonage uses to make its Internet telephone service network functional. The eight-person jury found Vonage infringed on three of the five patents, the report further said.