Yahoo Sues Facebook for Patent Infringement
Yahoo Files a case against Facebook for allegedly violating 10 patents
In there 19 page law suit documents, Yahoo has claimed that they Facebook is allegedly infringing on their patented technology like: messaging, news feed generation, social commenting advertising display, preventing click fraud and privacy controls.
A part of Yahoo’s 19 page lawsuit reads:
“Facebook was not launched until 2004, 10 years after Yahoo was founded,”
“Facebook has since grown to be one of the most widely trafficked sites on the Internet. That growth, however, has been based in a large part on Facebook’s use of Yahoo’s patented technology.”
“Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo’s patented social networking technology,”
The lawsuit was said to be pushed by Yahoo’s new CEO, Scott Thompson and legal chief Michael Callahan.
Facebook’s PR team, released their official statement regarding the lawsuit:
“We’re disappointed that Yahoo, a longtime business partner of Facebook and a company that has substantially benefited from its association with Facebook, has decided to resort to litigation. Once again, we learned of Yahoo’s decision simultaneously with the media. We will defend ourselves vigorously against these puzzling actions.”