Vonage attorney on Sprint patent dispute: "patents are invalid,we don't owe them a dime"

The Bloomberg News Service reports that closing arguments wrapped up Friday in the patent infringement trial matching Vonage against SprintNextel in U.S.

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The Bloomberg News Service reports that closing arguments wrapped up Friday in the patent infringement trial matching Vonage against SprintNextel in U.S. District Court, District of Kansas (Kansas City, Kansas).

Vonage is contesting the validity of all six patents, arguing they never should have been issued. The disputed technology helps connect Internet phone calls to traditional phone lines.

"These patents are invalid. We don't owe them a dime," Vonage lawyer Louis Jameson told the jury in his closing argument Friday.

Jameson scoffed at Sprint's demand for $97 million in damages.

"Folks, that is nuts," he said. "That is a huge amount of money for a startup company."

The case heads to the jury today.

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