Google settles visual voicemail suit

Inventor Judah Klausner keeps beating the big guys. After winning past settlements with the likes of Apple, Skype and LG Electronics, Klausner announced that Google too has agreed to settle its ongoing intellectual property suit with the inventor and is now licensing Klausner's visual voicemail technology for use on Google's Android phones.

According to this Reuters report, the suit covers patents Klausner holds for visual voicemail, or the ability to send visual alerts of voice messages to computers or phones. While the terms of Google's deal with Klausner were not disclosed, Klausner told Reuters that Google is now free to use the technology since "it has a license" to his visual voicemail patents. And as part of the deal, Klausner's suit has been dismissed with prejudice, so the issues can't be revisited in court at a later time.

And in addition to Google, Klausner announced that T-Mobile is licensing his visual voicemail technology for use in Europe. Looks like Klausner just can't lose. And the phone makers better watch out. Reuters reports that Klausner's next big idea is a plan to let cellphones operate like video projectors. Better keep the lawyers handy.

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