Federal Appeals Court Has Vacated the $58 million in Damages Awarded to Verizon
It is about time something “good” happened to Vonage. According to FierceVoIP,a federal appeals court has vacated the $58 million judgment against Vonage. Apparently the lower court was remiss in their explanation of one of the three patents, and therefore the court vacated the damage award, the ruling on said patent and instructed the lower court to revisit the first two patents.
According to the appeals court, â€œWe vacate in its entirety the award of $58,000,000 in damages and the 5.5 percent royalty and remand to the district court for further proceedings. We affirm the injunction as to the â€™574 and â€™711 patents. We vacate the injunction insofar as it pertains to the â€™880 patent.â€
The 880 patent, refers to the use of a wireless gateway that allows access to the PSTN from a data network (ie every gateway that is on the market today).
While this news won’t right the ship for Vonage it doesn’t hurt and might be a glimmer of hope for their recent woes with Sprint.