Netanya, Israel and West Palm Beach, FL – October 27, 2011– magicJack VocalTec (The Voice Experts) the company that invented voice over IP (VoIP) and sold over eight million magicJacks®, is pleased to announce that on October 20, 2011, in response to its reexamination request, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ordered reexamination of U.S. Patent No. 7,336,654—the patent that is being asserted against the company and its related entities by Personal Voice Freedom LLC in a litigation currently pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The reexamination petition requested that the Patent Office review the asserted patent in view of prior art that was previously not considered by the Patent Office before issuance of the asserted patent. At the same time as granting reexamination, the Patent Office issued an office action rejecting all claims of the patent in light of the newly submitted prior art.
The company has filed a motion with the district court requesting a stay of the pending litigation in light of the reexamination of the asserted patent, but the court has not yet ruled on the motion.
About magicJack VocalTec Ltd.
magicJack VocalTec Ltd. (NASDAQ:CALL, news, filings), the inventor of VoIP including the softphone and magicJack®, has the goal of becoming the leading international provider of global voice over many platforms. The company has achieved sales of over eight million of the easy-to-use, award-winning magicJack® since the device’s launch in 2008, and has the use of over 30 patents, some dating to when VocalTec invented VoIP. It is the largest reaching CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) in the United States in terms of area codes available and certification in number of states, and the network has historically had uptime of over 99.99 percent.