Vringo signs agreement with Facebook


By Telecom Lead Team: Vringo, a provider of software
platforms for mobile social and video applications, has entered into an
agreement with Facebook, relating to the use of Vringo’s Facetones mark
and domain name.


By entering into the agreement, the parties’ potential
dispute has been favorably resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. The
agreement clarifies Vringo’s permitted use of the Facetones mark and
domain name.


The dispute was started last year after an arrangement made by Vringo with ZTE
to put Vringo ‘s Facetones app on all Android handsets manufactured by ZTE.
Facebook had objection on the mark and domain name of the app.


Vringo’s Facetones displays a full screen photo of a
user’s Facebook friends whenever the user is called or the user makes an
outgoing call.


Facetones generates an exciting slideshow of photos and
social content each time a user communicates with friends via their mobile
device. Building on their success, Vringo has plans to expand past Facebook and
integrate with other social networks and photo sites.


Vringo also recently announced the inclusion of Facetones
in the Apple App Store.


The company said that the app has just surpassed one
million downloads in less than six months, making it a very successful venture
for the company. Originally designed for mobile calls, the exciting Facetones
dynamic is now being replicated when text messages are received.


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