Google In $5B Suit Over Online Phone Product

Law360, New York (January 1, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Internet search company Google Inc. has been sued for $5 billion for allegedly violating patents for voice over internet protocol (VoIP) technology held by a small patent holding firm.

New York-based Rates Technology Inc. claims that Google uses its VoIP technology in its Google Talk product, which allows users to talk through a headset or instant message audio communications over their computers for free. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

RTI’s chief executive officer Jerry Weinberger...
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