Judah Klausner appears to know what exactly ‘taking a break means’ and specially after settlements with Apple Inc and AT&T Inc he has now filed a lawsuit against Google, Verizon Communications and others for the voicemail. He might have been encouraged or enticed to be exact with maintaining some sort of drama across the Web sphere with this one and many concerned firms would already have been anticipating such an action as Eric Auchard reports.
Verizon had already been up to take steps ahead of Klausner’s move to file a case by filing their own against him in the U.S. court that asks federal judges to call Klausner’s lawsuit to be invalid. Verizon’s spokesman, Jim Smith mentioned in his statement:
We are seeking a declaration that Klausner’s visual voicemail patent is invalid and that Verizon’s system does not infringe the patent in any event.
Now why exactly is Verizon bothered about this? Plainly because it offers a cell model named Voyager and manufactured by LG Electronics that utilizes the feature of voicemail in its armory.
The financial details still remain a obscure but that’s not of a concern presently as well. what appears surprising to me is the number firms he has sued and many of them have resorted to having some sort of a settlement immediately, perhaps that’s one reason why he feels confident at going out and handing service providers an iron fist of lawsuits. And the guy seems to have ‘hots’ for suing and filing cases against firms. Best of luck for this one as well, I won’t be surprised if he bites the cake given his past success.
Klausner is an inventor and the man running Klausner Technologies, he is credited for being the man behind the present day PDA’s. Computerworld reported about him in quite a detail when he sued Apple last year:
It all started when Klausner, a music major who graduated from New York University in 1973, inspected a friend’s pocket calculator one day in 1976. "I was looking at these little calculators that were very small and had these memory buttons on them, and I didn’t know what that meant," he said. His friend explained the mathematical purpose – "I thought, that’s dumb, if these things are memory systems why are they so limited?" He asked various technical-minded people about the prospects for expanding a calculator’s memory into more useful functions such as a datebook, but most said it wasn’t possible with current technology.
Eventually someone connected Klausner with Bob Hotto, also at NYU, who was a senior and physics major. Hotto built the prototype that earned the patent. Meanwhile, Klausner’s uncle was Rolodex founder Arnold Neustadter, but they only spoke about advice for conducting patent research — it wasn’t until years later that either party realized the logic of the Rolodex company transitioning its own product line from mechanical to eletronic organizers.
Klausner and Hotto licensed their design to Toshiba, but were turned down by General Instruments and Hewlett-Packard. Apple had its chance, too! Hotto recalled meeting Steve Jobs at the Trenton (N.J.) Computer Festival, but said that Jobs only wanted to talk about the Apple II and wouldn’t listen to anything else. If things turned out different, Apple could have had a PDA a dozen years before the Newton was even a concept, and the companies might be allies today instead of courtroom foes.
Surprisingly enough Klausner Technology still needs a web page despite being in a time where a technology site without a web page sounds ridiculous.