Apple, AT&T Targets of $360M iPhone Lawsuit

Patent company says it owns 'Visual Voice'
By Jim O'Neill,  Newser User
Posted Dec 4, 2007 12:43 PM CST
People enter the T-Mobile shop to buy the first Apple iPhone after the European wide sales start in Cologne, western Germany, in the night from Thursday, Nov. 8, 2007, to Friday Nov. 9, 2007. About 200...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Add one to the number of lawsuits Apple’s iPhone has been hit with. Klausner Technologies yesterday said it filed a $360 million suit against Apple and AT&T for infringing on its patents for “Visual Voicemail,” Reuters reports. The sleek mobile phone’s highly touted function  allows users to see who called them and then listen to each message individually.

The patent holding company also is seeking $300 million from Comcast, Cablevision and eBay's Skype for infringing the same technology. In 2006, Klausner filed a similar suit against Internet phone provider Vonage. The two agreed to settle in 2007, and Klausner now licenses the technology to Vonage and to AOL.