Another iPhone Lawsuit

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News Posted: Tue, Dec 4 2007 12:18 AM

You can nearly set your watch by the weekly Apple law suits, and future generations may count them to establish a sense of time between historic tech events in the same that way we count tree-rings to determine when natural disasters took place.

This week's law suit was filed on behalf of Klausner Technologies and asserts that the Visual Voicemail technology, a service from co-defendant AT&T that works with the iPhone, infringes on two of their patents.  This isn't the first time that we've reported claims of patent violations leveled at Apple's iPhone, but the damages being sought are worth mentioning as is the fact that Klausner has won similar law suits against other huge industry names before:

“Klausner is seeking damages and future royalties estimated at $360 million.

Owned by a group of private investors, the firm has successfully defended and then licensed the same patents to other industry heavyweights that provide visual voicemail services, including Time Warner’s AOL for its AOL Voicemail services and Vonage Holdings for its Vonage Voicemail Plus services.”

Klausner also filed a separate law suits against other major players including Comcast, Cablevision, and eBay's Skype service.  We'll be sure to keep an eye on these law suits as they develop.  If Klausner is seeking similar restitution in all of these cases, the results could make a serious dent in the industry.

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heh, I really like your opening paragraph, there! And I really wish Klausner was publicly traded! I outta patent something stupid simple like that and then sue people left and right.

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Sounds like someone just wants a piece of the pie. I love it how something comes out and then a company that no one has ever heard of before starts yelling "they stole that from us!". If the IPhone would have failed, do you honestly think they would be yelling that Apple stole an idea they had? NO!

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ice91785 replied on Tue, Dec 4 2007 11:32 AM

It's all just people trying to get a free lunch -- same kinda people that order piping-hot coffee, spill it on themselves and sue McDonalds because they didn't say it was hot coffee. Sometimes things like this make me want to eat a snickers -- cuz "I wanna get away". Oh geez, I hope I don't get sued for stealing that line! Cool

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