World VoIP NewsGoogle is sued by Company VoIP Inc. for abuse of Patent procedures and other actions
Google is sued by Company VoIP Inc. for abuse of Patent procedures and other actions
The Internet giant has been sued by VoIP, Inc. in New York Supreme Court, being accused of stealing company’s trade secrets and confidential in matters of online technologies. The suit appears to be from a September 2005 contract, when VoIP Inc.’s subsidiary, VoiceOne Communications, agreed to deliver to Google its patented “Click to Call” technology that would enable Internet users to place a call to advertisers or retailers just by clicking on a website link. The Click to Call technology was created to grow up the actual value of online advertising by direct, free phone access to advertisers via their computers. As the matter of fact, VoIP, Inc. is currently in bankruptcy proceedings.
In frames of agreement between VoiceOne and Google, the former would operate as designated carrier of phone calls that placed from the Google websites. Google terminated this contract in 2007, claiming that VoiceOne had breached a nondisclosure agreement by revealing Google as its client.
In 2006, Google has initiated the joint venture with other giants: Skype and eBay in business of Internet call services. VoiceOne says that Google’s justification for terminating the 2005 agreement was a pretext to allow the company to utilize VoiceOne’s secret information, such as source codes and algorithms for transforming Internet phones calls into cash and other monetary items in its new deal with Skype and eBay. The lawsuit is claiming trade secret stealing, dishonest competition, unfair monetary operations and breach of contract. VoIP, Inc., had filed a similar suit against Google in 2009 in Los Angeles Superior Court, but the case was dismissed without prejudice in December of that year due to jurisdictional issues and the pending bankruptcy for VoIP, Inc.
As an independent expert Frontier Communications consider Google to be guilty. Frontier alleges that this product infringes on its own patented invention that linked multiple phone lines to a single number. Litigation for this case is currently underway in U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. Next Google faced opposition is its pending acquisition of flight information software company ITA. In a recent official statement Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster expressed the concern over the deal and offered his services to the Justice Department, which is currently considering whether Google's $700 million purchase of the software company would violate antitrust laws.
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