Ya­hoo ac­cuses Face­book of patent in­fringe­ment

The Washington Times Daily - - Business - THE ECON­OMY

SAN FRAN­CISCO | Ya­hoo filed a law­suit against Face­book on Mon­day ac­cus­ing the so­cial net­work­ing gi­ant of patent in­fringe­ment.

Ya­hoo, in the suit filed in U.S. 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 cut­tingedge 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.

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