Yahoo hits Facebook with patent suit - Stuff

Yahoo hits Facebook with patent suit

Yahoo hits Facebook with patent suit

Yahoo have made good on their recent threat to instigate legal procedures against Facebook, allegedly for infringing ten of Yahoo’s patents. Yahoo is claiming that “Facebook’s entire social network model…is based on Yahoo’s patented social networking technology”, according to the court documents filed in California yesterday.

Yahoo’s claim goes on to say, “Yahoo is harmed by Facebook’s use of Yahoo’s patented technologies in a a way that cannot be compensated for by payment of a royalty alone. Facebook’s use of Yahoo’s patented technologies has increased Facebook’s revenue and market share because it does not have to recover the costs or time involved in the development of the technology. Yahoo, in turn, must bear the costs of the development of the technology.”

A Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, “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.”

Source: CNET

Previously the editor of PCFormat and T3, Nic is a wordsmith by day and a web developer by night. Or is that the other way round? He has been the managing editor of Stuff's print version for several years and is now the digital publisher, leading the web, mobile and app evolution of your favourite mag.

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