Vonage faces a real threat of being shut down after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit rejected Vonage's request for a new trial in its patent dispute with Verizon Communications.
Earlier this week, the VoIP provider filed a request for a retrial of the case in which it was found guilty of infringing Verizon owned patents, including the use of WiFi networks for Internet calling. Vonage is facing a permanent injunction. In its filing, Vonage asked the appeals court to send the decision back to the lower court to retry the case. But the motion has been denied. The Internet telephony company recently won a stay of injunction allowing it to keep signing up subscribers while a decision is made on its future.
For more about Vonage's potential shutdown:
- take a look at this article from telecoms.com (sub. req.)