Just days after an outage crippled Skype, the popular Internet calling company has been slapped with a lawsuit, according to news reports Monday.
Gradient Enterprises has filed a patent infringement suit against Skype in a New York court related to U.S. patent no. 7,669,207, or its “supernode network,” according to TechCrunch.
Gradient first filed an application for the patent in 2004 and it was issued this past February, the tech blog reports.
Skype's massive blackout that cut off voice and video calls to tens of millions of users worldwide just before the busy holiday weekend may have sparked the suit.