Thursday, April 5, 2012

Patent Countersuit filed by Facebook against Yahoo | Legal News

Social Media legal warThe Social networking site Facebook filed a suit against the yahoo in a San Francisco federal Court alleging that the web pioneers had infringed 10 of face books patents. This suit was filed as a counterclaim against the suit filed by yahoo last month against the Facebook for patent infringement.

In its suit filed last month the web pioneers had claimed that Facebook had infringed 10 of yahoo?s patents like online advertising technology. Further they have also criticized Facebook by stating the Facebook to be the worst site for advertising prior to using yahoo?s technologies

The mastermind behind the counter suit against yahoo is the two researchers from Dutch electronics group Philips a professor at New York University and Mark Zuckerberg. According to observers this suit if successful will be considered as one of the most effective legal defenses drafted by the young internet concern.

According to Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot the company had clearly stated that they will defend themselves against the yahoo?s law suit at any cause

From the point of view of figure analysts the Social Networking site Yahoo was holding 56 patents by the end of 2011 which is certainly low when compared to Yahoo, which holds about 1,000 patents. But it should also be noted that Facebook recently obtained 750 patents from the computing giant IBM which was seen as an important step taken by the social networking site for patent protection.


Navanitha Warrier,
Kerala Law Academy

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