SimulScribe, LLC., a co-defendant with Apple, Inc. in the patent infringement lawsuit recently filed by Klausner Technologies, has settled the litigation and has licensed the Klausner Technologies visual voicemail patents. Other defendants in the case include ATT, Inc., Comcast Corporation and Cablevision Systems Corp.
The license covers SimulScribe’s visual voicemail service, which allows subscribers to selectively retrieve voice messages from a mobile phone or computer display. SimulScribe is the latest defendant, in a series of lawsuits brought by Klausner Technologies over visual voicemail, to sign a license with Klausner. Current licensees include Time Warner’s AOL and Vonage Holdings, Inc., among others.
Under the patent license agreement with Klausner Technologies, in addition to SimulScribe’s visual voicemail service, its new ‘SimulSays’ visual voicemail application for RIM BlackBerry and Windows Mobile phones is now licensed in the US, Canada and Europe. ‘SimulSays’ enables users to scroll through voicemail messages on a mobile phone’s display and select which voice messages to access and in what order. It integrates with the phone’s contact book, enabling users to respond to voice messages by email, SMS or phone, directly from the application.
“We are happy to add SimulScribe to our growing list of licensees. SimulScribe’s visual voicemail for mobile phones and computer inboxes is an excellent example of our patented visual voice messaging technology, letting consumers view and select voice messages in a similar fashion to the way they view and select e-mails,” said Judah Klausner, CEO of Klausner Technologies, in the press release.
The lawsuit was filed by the California law firm of Dovel & Luner in a federal court in the Eastern District of Texas. “We have litigated this patent successfully on prior occasions,” said Greg Dovel of Dovel & Luner, counsel for Klausner Technologies, in the press release. “With the signing of each new licensee, we continue to receive further confirmation of the strength of our visual voicemail patents.”