Sam Gustin in the NY Post reports that
New York-based Rates Technology Inc. has slapped Google with a lawsuit claiming that Google Talk, the company’s voice-over-Internet-protocol service, infringes on patents covering technology that facilitates cheap ‘Net-based telephone service.
They’re threatening “to bring Google to its knees.” Apparently Rates has been making a pass through the IT industry:
Over 120 firms, including Microsoft, Lucent and Avaya have paid RTI one-time payments in exchange for a promise to not sue them for patent infringement, he said, adding that the company is currently in settlement talks with eBay’s recently acquired Skype division.
Update: Ed Oswald has more on RTI at BetaNews.