Apparently the Verizon patents are sufficiently broad as to not allow Vonage to have a workaround. This according to the USA Today. I was wondering myself how a workaround could take place on these patents as they seem to cover what the whole industry does and has been doing prior to Verizon even filing for the patents.
It would seem that if these patents are not overturned then Verizon will have a good deal of leverage over a variety of other VoIP companies as well.
In addition this issue could theoretically cause trouble for communications equipment providers.
Verizon is probably smart enough to pick on companies that are so small they aren’t a big enough threat to the patents they hold. But this story is far from over. Stay tuned.