Chalk up another win for Klausner. Klausner Technologies’ CEO Judah Klausner has announced that the patent-holding company that bears his namesake has netted yet another settlement from none other than Google. Klausner sued Google for infringing on intellectual property holdings that are apparently inherent to Visual Voicemail systems used by several other mobile companies. Klausner’s settlement with Google follows a string of licensing deals and settlements from Apple, AT&T, Verizon, LG and Sprint.
The specifics of the Google-Klausner settlement are unclear, but Klausner stated that “Google has a license to Klausner’s visual voicemail patents,” in a phone call to Reuters. Google is presumably cleared to use the Visual Voicemail license in web-based services like Grand Central, but Klausner declined to comment on just how extensively Google’s patent license covered users of the Google-made Android OS.
Phone manufacturers looking to use Android OS to power their smartphones may still be subject to licensing claims by Klausner. If true, Android’s appeal as a powerful mobile platform could become somewhat eroded.
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