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Communications

+ - Vonage guilty in Verizon VOIP patent case

0110011001110101 writes: A jury ordered Internet phone provider Vonage Holdings Corp. to pay $58 million for infringing on three patents owned by Verizon Communications Inc. Thursday.

The eight-member federal jury also said Vonage must pay a 5.5 percent royalty rate on Vonage sales going forward.

After a day of deliberations, jurors concluded that Vonage infringed on two patents covering technology to connect Internet calls to the traditional phone system and for features such as call-waiting and voice-mail. The jury said Vonage also infringed on a third patent involving wireless Internet phone calls.

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