Thursday, August 31, 2006
Woohoo! Sprint Settles VoIP Patent Case with TheGlobe.com But Not with Vonage -- Is It the Song?
In a VoIP patent case which was filed in Kansas, of all places, Sprint settled with two of the defendants, TheGlobe.com and tglo.com who apparantly found Sprint's licensing terms finally too hard to resist. The fight goes on, however, against the real competitive threat -- Vonage, who has had its own recent financial problems as well as another patent infringement case brought by Verizon. For the telcos, clearly they have learned the lesson Intel learned years ago -- if you can't beat 'em in the marketplace -- sue 'em.
BTW, the song in the Vonage commercials is, I swear, called "The Woohoo Song" and is "performed" by the 5, 6, 7, 8s. This, directly from the Vonage website, since you cannot make this stuff up.