Vonage has been given a temporary stay of a US federal order that it stop signing up new customers because it's violating Verizon patents.

The voice over internet protocol (VoIP) vendor last Friday secured a temporary stay from the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in Washington D.C. The stay enables Vonage to continue to sign up new customers until the appellate court can hear Vonage's request for a permanent stay.

Vonage is "very, very excited and thrilled" that the appeals court took the company's appeal and granted a stay of the district court order from earlier Friday, said Brooke Schulz, Vonage's vice president for communications.

"Our customers weren't affected by the earlier ruling, but this is just assurance that our offering will stay in the marketplace," she said.

The temporary stay was granted just a few hours after another US District court issued an order barring Vonage from signing up new customers, though it could continue to serve its existing 2.2 million customers.

On 8 March, Vonage was found to have infringed on three patents held by Verizon for VoIP services.

Additional reporting by Grant Gross, IDG News Service