Answering Vonage Holdings’ request for a stay of a permanent injunction prohibiting the voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) market leader from using technologies patented by Verizon Communications, U.S. District Court Judge Claude Hilton stopped short of forcing Vonage to shut down all services that use the technologies in question, yet directed Vonage to stop marketing its services to new customers. At the end of the day, however, Vonage won a temporary reprieve as the company convinced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to issue a stay of Hilton’s order, pending consideration of whether a stay of the injunction should be extended until Vonage’s appeal of the underlying jury verdict is complete. Both rulings handed down last Friday stem from a jury decision last month in which Vonage was found guilty of infringing three VoIP-related patents held by Verizon. As the jury awarded Verizon $58 million in damages plus royalties amounting to 5.5% of Vonage’s revenues, Judge Hilton imposed a permanent injunction against Vonage’s continued use of the patents in question, yet postponed signing the order until April 6 to consider Vonage’s request for stay. In a bench ruling handed down last Friday, Hilton said a grant of a stay that is limited to Vonage’s existing customers would balance the goals of avoiding irreparable harm to Vonage while avoiding substantial harm to Verizon. Hours later, Vonage won a temporary stay at the Federal Circuit court, as counsel for Vonage argued that Hilton’s ruling amounts to a “cutting off of oxygen as opposed to a bullet to the head.” Oral argument on Vonage’s motion to stay the permanent injunction—pending appeal of last month’s jury verdict—is scheduled for April 24. Meanwhile, in the midst of the ongoing legal fight, Vonage CEO Michael Snyder resigned from the company effective on Wednesday. Vonage Chairman Jeffrey Citron will assume Snyder’s duties on an interim basis as officials search for a replacement.