Vonage, AT&T End Name Dispute

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-02-09 Print this article Print

Vonage settles a lawsuit in which it had alleged that the name of AT&T's VOIP service infringed on its trademark.

Vonage and AT&T have settled a naming dispute related to AT&Ts voice-over-IP services. Broadband telephony startup Vonage Holdings Corp. had filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit against AT&T in March, alleging that the name of AT&Ts newly launched VOIP service is confusingly similar to its own company and product name. The companies have settled the lawsuit out of court, spokespeople with both companies confirmed Wednesday. Vonage spokeswoman Brooke Schulz said the settlement was amicable and had been reached a few months ago.
Vonages lawsuit had centered on AT&Ts use of CallVantage in the name of its service. In the suit, Vonage also had accused AT&T of cyber-squatting for having filed a series of domain names in February.
Despite earlier media reports, AT&T has not changed the name of its VOIP service as a result of the settlement. Instead, the settlement calls on AT&T to continue to include its corporate name as part of the product name, Schulz said. When the service was launched, AT&T officially branded it AT&T CallVantage, said AT&T spokesman Gary Morgenstern. "We continue to use the AT&T CallVantage name, and thats always been the name," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, views and analysis on voice over IP and telephony.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for eWEEK.com, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for eWEEK.com. Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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