If you have never heard of a company called Rates Technology, then you soon will. It seems like this is going to be the new new NTP, only instead of wireless email, it will be the patent “big stick” when it comes to VoIP. The company has sued Google for patent infringement over the VoIP aspect of Google Talk program. I am still poring through the complaint, but Gary “Research Santa” Price says that the company has patent agreements with about 700-odd VoIP equipment makers, including the likes of Cisco, Nortel etc. Rich Tehrani had something on them way back when, and I will be digging into this more. Here is the full complaint in PDF.