16 April 2007
Vonage is trying to have it both ways with its talk of "workarounds."
The term refers to VoIP technology Vonage would use instead of the stuff a district court found it guilty of "borrowing" from Verizon.
Vonage has been talking to the media about said workarounds for
weeks now. The promise of workarounds was/is Vonage's main assurance to
customers and investors that its service will not be shut down, even if
all its legal options run out.
But in a court filing Friday, Vonage's lawyers say workarounds might
not even be possible: "While Vonage has studied methods for designing
around the patent, removal of the allegedly infringing technology, if
even feasible, could take many months to full[y] study and implement."