Just wondering if there are any implications for Asterisk* considering the recent flurry of laws suites filed by RTI inc against companies using VoIP technology. Most recently Google is apparently being sued for $5 billion because of its GoogleTalk service and it appears that Vonage and Ebay(Skype) are also on the line of fire?
RTI apparently holds patents covering a broad rage of applications including gateways, IP Phones, IP PBX’s, edge routers, core routers, PC computers, ITSPs, and VoIP products.
Personally, I’m not familiar enough with the two patents to determine if Asterisk* falls within their sphere. Also, from a laymans point of view, my guess would be that since Asterisk* is open source, it wouldn’t be affected, but what about companies that use Asterisk* for commercial purposes? I’m hoping that someone knowlegeable about the legalities will tell me that Asterisk* is not affected.