Patent Problems Hit Google Talk

by admin January 2, 2006 at 8:10 am

A company holding patents related to voice over IP (VoIP) sued Google (Quote, Chart) in early December, claiming Google Talk infringes on its intellectual property.

Gary Price first reported the suit, filed in October, in the Search Engine Watch blog.

A Google spokesman issued a statement saying, “We believe the lawsuit is without merit, and we will defend against it vigorously.”

John Ward, an intellectual property attorney and partner in the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, noted, “Regardless of whether Google may have added some bells and whistles to their Google Talk VoIP product, they may still have to account to others for using technology that others have already patented.”

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