Friday, December 30, 2005

More on Google Talk Patent Suit. Reuters reports that "Patent firm sues Google for voice services." From the article: "RTI holds two patents in the telecommunications field and generally takes a one-time fee of up to $5 million to cover companies who provide the services or the equipment to support them. It filed the suit against Google in October."

2 comments:

sujal Shah said...

isn't that shady?

nerdlaw.org said...

It's actually the business model of certain companies, to license their patent portfolios rather than offer their own products. Some are more egregious than others (see, for example, Lemelson). It's my understanding that Congress has considered legislation to discourage this practice, but I'm not sure if it has gone anywhere. If you want more information on RTI, you can go here: http://voip-blog.tmcnet.com/blog/rich-tehrani/voip/rates-technology-inc.html.