LOS ANGELES (CN) – VoiceOne Communications claims Google swiped trade secrets for a “Click to Call” feature that allows businesses to get phone calls over the Internet from Web site visitors.
VoiceOne says it agreed in September 2005 to provide Google its patented web-click calling technology. It says the deal was amended in November 2006 so that VoiceOne would be identified as the designated carrier of calls initiated on Google’s sites.
VoiceOne says Google terminated the deal in January 2007, on the pretext that Google had been identified, without authorization, as a VoiceOne customer. VoiceOne says the real reason Google killed the deal was so it could exploit the confidential web-click calling information.
VoiceOne claims Google breached confidentiality by sharing information with eBay and Skype.
VoiceOne and VoIP are subsidiaries of WABEC; all three are plaintiffs in the suit. They seek restitution, disgorgement, and special damages for misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and breach of contract. They are represented in Superior Court by Byron T. Ball and Kabateck Brown & Kellner.