In press releases on May 17, 2012 Klausner Technology named two more companies that settled in patent litigation. Klausner filed suit against 12 defendants for patent infringement on its Visual Voicemail patents. Patent infringement is defined as prohibited use of a patented invention without acknowledgement, permission, or license from a patent holder.
Klausner Technologies, founded by Judah Kalsner—inventor of the PDA, owns 25 patents worldwide. Klausner’s patents focus on visual voicemail features. Visual Voicemail allows users to listen to messages via cell phone or the internet. Several companies have been defendants in patent infringement lawsuits petitioned by Klausner Technologies in Texas. There were originally twelve defendants named in the case; however, all but three defendants—Toshiba America, Inc., Primus Telecommunications, Inc., and PaeTec Corp., have reached an agreement with Klausner Technologies regarding their Visual Voicemail patents.
Rapidly growing Klausner Technologies currently has at least 51 companies licensed to use their Visual Voicemail patents. Most recently MetroPCS and J2 Global Communications settled their patent infringement lawsuits and agreed to enter patent license agreements with Klausner Technologies.
Klausner Technologies Visual Voicemail license are currently in use by many major United States and European mobile phone operators, handset manufactures, voice over internet protocol (VOIP) and cable operators, voicemail providers, and other companies that provide visual voicemail services. Visual Voicemail allows users multi-faceted features that allow a customized voicemail experience by allowing them to not only view, but also prioritize and select voice messages from mobile phones and the internet.