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$58 million verdict in patent case for Verizon

March 29, 2007

McGuireWoods recently represented Verizon Communications, Inc. in a major victory over Internet phone provider Vonage Holdings Corp. On March 8, 2007, an Alexandria U.S. District Court jury found that Vonage had infringed upon three Verizon patents, and awarded Verizon $58 million. Verizon’s motion to permanently enjoin Vonage from using the patented technology was granted March 23. The patents involved technology that allows Voice over Internet Protocol callers to make calls using traditional phones; allows custom calling features such as call forwarding; and supports phone calls on Wi-Fi networks.