Google Sued Over VoIP Patent

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Rates Technology Inc. said Friday that it is suing Google Inc. ( over its “Google Talk” voice-over-Internet-protocol service, Reuters reported.

RTI told Reuters it estimated that damages from the lawsuit could reach $5 billion assuming that the litigation process takes four years as the market for Internet-based phone services booms.

The company added that it is in negotiations with Time Warner Inc.’s America Online Inc. Internet-service-provider unit and with eBay Inc. over its Skype VoIP unit.

RTI also has lawsuits pending against Cablevision Systems Corp. and VoIP provider Vonage Holdings Corp.

“Ordinarily, we don't need to sue people to get them covered under our patents," RTI president Jerry Weinberger told Reuters. "Every once in a while, we run into utter arrogance."