In a way, I must thank VocalTec because it was companies like them that helped me realize how IP would revolutionize communications and further help me decide to launch a magazine dedicated to the market in 1997. VocalTec was one of the first to have a column in Internet Telephony Magazine and I will never forget my many interactions with the company over the years.
So it is with mixed emotions I witness the fact that the company is selling some of its VoIP patents to Karo Millennium J.P., L.L.C. It should go without saying that these patents will likely be used to get others in the industry to pay a "tax" for using VoIP and this is likely bad news for many in the market.
On the flipside, you cannot fault VocalTec for selling 11 patents — or half its portfolio for $12.5 million. Why? Because the company will use the money to grow — and growth is always good.
I am sure we will be hearing from Vocaltec and Karo Millennium again soon. For some they may hear from the latter, sooner than they would like.