November 14, 2007 by Chris Davenport
Vonage has been the target of substantial patent infringement litigation in recent months. One of their ongoing disputes has been with Verizon, a competitor in the internet phone business. Recently, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit released its decision in Vonage’s appeal. At first glance, it may appear Vonage was the more successful of the two parties in the appeal as the entire damages award was vacated, and a new trial was ordered for the infringement of one of the patents. In fact one journalist wrote that the appeal court `partly’ upheld the patent ruling against Vonage. However, a closer review of the decision illustrates that the bulk of the patent ruling against Vonage was essentially upheld.