Updated: Fallout for Vonage

New Patent Trial Sought by Vonage

Vonage said that it had filed a motion with a federal appeals court asking it to vacate a March 8 patent infringement verdict that went against the company and in favor of Verizon Communications and to send the case back to a lower court for a new trial.

The Supreme Court ruling on Monday loosened a crucial legal standard making it easier to invalidate some patents on the ground that they were obvious inventions.

Later [2007 May 02]: no such luck – Court denies Vonage bid for patent case retrialpdf. Although:

The appeals court said Vonage can cite the new Supreme Court ruling as part of its pending appeal of the case.