Vonage, AT&T End Name Dispute

 
 
By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2005-02-09
 
 
 
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.

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