us: Patently Absurd – Verizon’s VoIP patent lawsuit

Fresh off its court victory versus Vonage Holdings Corp. , Verizon Communications Inc. is now taking aim at the cable industry with a VOIP patent suit filed against MSO Cox Communications Inc.It appears Verizon hopes to use its intellectual property to thwart VOIP competition from cable operators. Not content with life as a 10-ton gorilla, Verizon is working to make itself over into a patent troll, too.Not coincidentally, Verizon is hemorrhaging with telephone customer line losses. According to Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Inc. , Verizon’s access lines plunged from 36.08 million in 2003 to 27.7 million at end of 2006, and they are projected to further fall to 21.05 million by the end of 2010.

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