UPDATE 1-Apple, others license Klausner voicemail patents

Mon Jun 16, 2008 5:17pm EDT

(Updates with Klausner comment, background)

SAN FRANCISCO, June 16 (Reuters) - Klausner Technology Inc said on Monday that Apple Inc (AAPL.O), eBay Inc (EBAY.O) and AT&T Inc (T.N) have agreed to license its "visual voicemail" technology and settled a lawsuit against them.

Privately held Klausner did not disclose the financial details of the settlements or licensing deals, but said it was also in discussions with Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Cablevision Systems Corp (CVC.N) about using the technology.

"The patent litigation with Apple has been settled. The patents have been licensed to Apple," company founder Judah Klausner told Reuters.

Separate settlements and licensing deals had been reached with AT&T, the U.S. carrier for Apple's iPhone, and with eBay and its Skype Web-cased calling service, Klausner said.

Klausner sued the companies for $360 million in damages and future royalties last December for violating its patents on technology that sends visual alerts to computers or mobile telephones when a user has a voice message.

Existing licensees of the technology include Internet telephone company Vonage Holdings Corp (VG.N) and U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp (S.N). (Reporting by Scott Hillis; Editing by Braden Reddall and Andre Grenon)