February 8, 2010 (Mountain View, CA) – Fenwick & West LLP and The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are pleased to announce that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted their request for reexamination of a voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) patent. The ruling recognizes substantial new questions of patentability regarding a patent owned by Acceris Communications Technologies, now C2 Communications.
Fenwick filed the reexamination request on behalf of EFF, demonstrating that a prior patent and technology reference materials had been published prior to C2's claim for protection on hardware, software and processes for implementing VoIP with analog telephones as endpoints.
"We are pleased that the USPTO agrees with the substantial new questions of patentability raised in EFF's request, and we look forward to the USPTO's ultimate decision on this patent," said EFF attorney Nikhil Iyengar, an Associate in Fenwick & West's Intellectual Property Group.
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