8×8 the parent company of Packet8 announced today they have been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,202,884 which focuses on the processing of images from a communications system to a computing system. This patent is important as technology companies need a strong patent portfolio to protect against being sued by other companies with patents they could potentially infringing upon.
The company’s patent portfolio is now up to a total of 67 for 8×8. This is a great number relative to the company’s size. With all the patent lawsuits (Verizon, Sprint) against Vonage, it is good to see 8×8 is forging ahead by adding to its growing patent portfolio. This should afford them a great deal of protection from being sued but of course it is not a bullet-proof vest.