Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Vonage Gains Internet Telephony Patent

Vonage was recently granted a U.S. patent called "Method and Apparatus for Enhanced Internet Telephony." The invention, which was filed for patent in 2003, makes it less likely for customers to encounter dropped calls, incomplete attempted calls or other communication problems resulting from typical router function and behavior. Specifically, the patent -- No. 7,417,981 -- pertains to improvements in Internet telephony where Network Address Translation (NAT) is required. The patent addresses the issue of a router losing an outbound port during an Internet telephone connection. To avoid the router timing out and closing the outbound port, the patent causes the media terminal adapter to send an outbound message to the Internet telephony regional data center.