Yahoo sues Facebook over patents

2012-03-13 07:27

San Francisco - Yahoo! filed a lawsuit against Facebook on Monday accusing the social networking giant of patent infringement.

Yahoo!, in the suit filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, accused Facebook of infringing on 10 of its patents.

"For much of the technology upon which Facebook is based Yahoo! got there first and was therefore granted patents by the United States Patent Office to protect those innovations," Yahoo! said in the suit, a copy of which was posted online by the website All Things Digital.

"Yahoo!'s patents relate to cutting edge innovations in online products, including in messaging, news feed generation, social commenting, advertising display, preventing click fraud and privacy controls," the suit said.

"Facebook's entire social network model, which allows users to create profiles and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo!'s patented social networking technology," it said.

  • gennath - 2012-03-13 07:53

    Hmm... "We got there first" won't cut it Yahoo. It does look like the whole concept of patents is going to have to be reworked, otherwise nobody will want to do anything better than the previous guy's (patented) failed attempt.

  • jostheron - 2012-03-16 07:57

    I suspect this is due to the failure of google plus...

  • waShawara - 2012-04-28 13:01

    where were you all this time Yahoo!?

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