HOLMDEL, N.J., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Vonage announced that
it will seek to overturn today's U.S. District Court jury verdict in a
patent infringement lawsuit brought by Sprint Communications Company L.P.
and continue focusing on providing reliable, quality digital phone service.
Federal court jurors in Kansas City, Kansas ruled in favor of Sprint,
finding that Vonage had willfully infringed Sprint's patents in providing
its VoIP telephony services, and awarding $69.5 million in damages, which
the jury found to be five percent of Vonage's revenues over the infringing
period. Vonage will ask the court to set aside the verdict, and if it is
not granted, will vigorously pursue an appeal of the decision, including
the underlying issue of liability and the willfulness aspect. Vonage
believes any damages awarded are inappropriate. In addition, we will seek
to develop technological workarounds that don't infringe on Sprint's
"We are disappointed that the jury did not recognize that our
technology differs from that of Sprint's patents," said Sharon O'Leary,
chief legal officer for Vonage. "Our top priority is to provide
high-quality, reliable digital phone service to our customers. Vonage has
already demonstrated that it can keep its focus on customers and on its
core business while managing ongoing litigation," she added.
Vonage (NYSE: VG) is a leading provider of digital phone services with
2.45 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. For more information about Vonage's products
and services, please visit http://www.vonage.com.
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.