The Legal Blog

Hi, I'm RANDI.


I help my clients secure their business success by providing easy to understand legal guidance in a supportive environment, so they can focus on achieving their full potential.  


SEARCH BY Category


business formation

business operations


intellectual property


social media

Unlocking Success: The Power of Patents in Entrepreneurship – What Meta’s Settlement with Voxer Teaches Us

power of patents

share this article:

Patents are so important to your success!

As an inventor, there’s nothing more thrilling than having a big corporation take interest in your idea. 

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for – validation that your hard work and creativity have paid off. 

But what happens when that relationship turns sour? 

What if the company decides to sever ties or even worse, continue using your invention without your permission? 

This is where patenting becomes essential.

In this newsletter, I’ll show you the importance of patenting and how it can protect you and your invention when someone uses it without your permission. 

I’ll also be diving into a real-life example of patent infringement between Meta and Voxer, and how patents played a crucial role in the outcome of their case.


Patenting is essentially claiming ownership of your invention by obtaining exclusive rights to make, use, or sell it. 

By doing so, you prevent others from using or profiting from your creation without your consent. 

While it may seem like a daunting process, especially for first-time inventors, patenting can save you time and money in the long run. 

The last thing you want is to spend years developing an invention only to have someone else profit from it without compensating you.

One of the biggest advantages of patenting is its ability to deter potential infringers. 

It also gives you legal recourse if someone infringes. 


Now let’s look at the case between Meta and Voxer. 

In the recent legal battle between social media giant Meta (formerly Facebook) and walkie-talkie app creator Voxer, the stakes were high and the outcome consequential. 

Voxer co-founder Tom Katis, a US Army veteran, developed patented technology aimed at addressing the communication challenges he experienced during combat. 

This technology enabled live voice and video transmissions, marking a significant leap forward in communication capabilities.

Voxer alleged that Meta infringed upon its patents, particularly related to video streaming and messaging infrastructure. 

The case culminated in a $175 million jury verdict of infringement against Meta.

Meta originally attempted to appeal the verdict and dismiss the hefty penalty, but this week announced that they had reached a settlement.

This case underscores the immense value of patents for your inventions.

As entrepreneurs and creators, this case reminds us of the significance of patenting our groundbreaking ideas and technologies. 

It highlights the potential impact of proactive patent protection and the imperative of defending one’s intellectual property rights against infringement.


But what if Voxer didn’t have those patents? 

The outcome could have been very different. 

Patents played a crucial role in proving ownership and securing Voxer’s compensation.

Want to talk about patenting your invention? Reach out to me at or our contact page today.


About Sagacity Legal:
Sagacity Legal is a Florida-based firm that works with service-based small business owners, who want to minimize their legal risk so they can focus on achieving their full potential.

This article and all content herein is solely intended for general information purposes and should not be construed as legal advice in any manner. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing, or communication via email or other means does not establish an attorney-client relationship. An attorney-client relationship is only formed when a written engagement agreement is executed. We disclaim all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all the contents of this website to the fullest extent permitted by law. Do not act or refrain from acting upon this information without seeking professional legal counsel.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

leave a comment on this post.

previous comments

      * Testimonials found on this website are actual client reviews of Sagacity Legal PLLC. Prospective clients may not obtain the same or similar results.
    ** The information contained in this website is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter.
  *** For important disclaimer information please visit
**** This firm is registered to practice in the State of Florida and before the USPTO.
***** Sagacity Legal,  the Sagacity Legal logo, and Securing Your Success are registered trademarks of Sagacity Legal PLLC