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Apple, AT&T, Verizon named in $7bn VoIP patent claim

A company is suing Apple, AT&T and Verizon for a combined total of $7bn over claims that they violated its voice-over-IP patents.

Voip-Pal.com has posted a pair of complaints against Apple (PDF) and Verizon and AT&T (PDF) in the Nevada US District Court alleging that all three companies' products infringe on two patents it owns for "Producing routing messages for voice over IP communications".

The suits ask for a trial and award of $2.83bn from Apple, $2.38bn from Verizon, and $1.83bn from AT&T.

AT&T, Verizon, and Apple all declined to comment on the suit.

Voip-Pal, who insists in a company Q&A (PDF) that it is not a patent troll, said that it has been trying for months to get Apple, AT&T and Verizon to agree on licensing arrangements, to no avail.