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July 20, 2007

Report: Qwest Sued Over VoIP Patents

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Rates Technology Inc. has filed a federal lawsuit against Qwest (News - Alert) Communications International Inc. for allegedly violating two of its patents, according to a report in The Denver Business Journal.

The complaint filed by Rates Technology Inc. claims the OneFlex broadband voice service offered by Denver-based Qwest violates patents Rates has held for years. The company has demanded an injunction that would prevent Qwest from selling VoIP services using the patented technology. The company also demanding that Qwest should withdraw all the products sold previously, using this technology.
Rates Technology is a 24 year old company holding important agreements with more than 140 companies providing VoIP services. It has also sued some of the biggest names in the game such as Nortel (News - Alert) Networks, Google Inc. and Vonage Holdling Corp. and sought billions of dollars in damages. Most of the cases have resulted in out of the court settlements. RTI claims that even in Qwest’s case, the company had offered an out of the court settlement but Qwest declined the offer.
The case was filed July 16 in federal district court in Delaware.
Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.
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