HOLMDEL, N.J., March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The U.S. District
Court in Alexandria, Va. today issued an order enjoining Vonage from using
certain VoIP technology named in its patent litigation with Verizon. The
order is not immediately effective, however, and Vonage is confident its
customers will see no change in their phone service.
The court announced its intent to hear stay argument in two weeks'
time. At that time, the court intends to render a decision regarding the
stay, as well as making the injunction effective. If the court denies the
stay, Vonage will seek a stay through appeal from the Federal Court of
Appeals. Vonage is confident it will be able to obtain a stay through
"We are confident Vonage customers will not experience service
interruptions or other changes as a result of this litigation," said Mike
Snyder, Vonage's chief executive officer.
The company has drafted its notice of appeal of the March 8 jury
verdict and will file that notice at the appropriate juncture in the court
"Our fight is far from over," Snyder said. "We remain confident that
Vonage has not infringed on any of Verizon's patents - a position we will
continue vigorously contending in federal appeals court - and that Vonage
will ultimately prevail in this case."
Snyder continued, "Despite this obvious attempt by Verizon to cripple
Vonage, the litigation will not stop Vonage from continuing to provide
quality VoIP service to our millions of customers."
"Our appeal centers on erroneous patent claim construction, and we
remain confident that Vonage has not infringed on any of Verizon's patents
- a position we will continue to vigorously assert in federal appeals
court," said Sharon O'Leary, Vonage's executive vice president, chief legal
officer and secretary. "Vonage relied on open-standard, off-the-shelf
technology when developing its service. In fact, evidence introduced in
court failed to prove that Vonage relied on Verizon's VoIP technology, and
instead showed that in 2003 Verizon began exploring ways to copy Vonage's
technology," she added.
The company is focused on growing its business by investing in the
rollout of new technology and features, and continuing to grow its customer
base. Vonage's accomplishments continue to validate its business model and
strategy. The company has achieved 19 consecutive quarters of double-digit
revenue growth, doubled revenues to $607 million in 2006 alone, and added
nearly 1 million net subscriber lines last year.
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of broadband telephone services
with over 2.2 million subscriber lines. Our award-winning technology
enables anyone to make and receive phone calls with a touch tone telephone
almost anywhere a broadband Internet connection is available. We offer
feature-rich and cost-effective communication services that offer users an
experience similar to traditional telephone services.
Our Residential Premium Unlimited and Small Business Unlimited calling
plans offer consumers unlimited local and long distance calling, and
popular features like call waiting, call forwarding and voicemail -- for
one low, flat monthly rate. Vonage's service is sold on the web and through
national retailers including Best Buy, Circuit City, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
and Target and is available to customers in the U.S., Canada and the United
Kingdom. For more information about Vonage's products and services, please
Vonage Holdings Corp. is headquartered in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Vonage(R) is a registered trademark of Vonage Marketing Inc., a subsidiary
of Vonage Holdings Corp.
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Vonage's financial position. In addition, statements in this press release
that are not historical facts or information may be forward-looking
statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are based on
information available at the time the statements are made and/or
management's belief as of that time with respect to future events and
involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and
outcomes to be materially different. Important factors that could cause
such differences include, but are not limited to, our history of net
operating losses and our need for cash to finance our growth; the
competition we face; our dependence on our customers' existing broadband
connections; differences between our service and traditional phone
services, including our 911 service; uncertainties relating to regulation
of VoIP services; system disruptions or flaws in our technology; our
ability to manage our growth; the risk that VoIP does not gain broader
acceptance; and other factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of
our registration statement on Form S-1, as amended (File No. 333-136773),
and in our subsequent periodic reports filed with the SEC. While we may
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specifically disclaim any obligation to do so, and therefore, you should
not rely on these forward- looking statements as representing our views as
of any date subsequent to today.