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Yahoo Sues Facebook: Yahoo Has Filed an Intellectual Property Lawsuit Against Facebook

Yahoo sues Facebook over Patents

Yahoo claims Facebook has infringed 10 of its patents including systems and methods for advertising on the web. Yahoo said in a court filing Monday that Facebook is infringing 10 of its patents covering advertising, privacy controls and social networking.

Facebook vowed to defend itself vigorously against what it called “puzzling actions” by Yahoo.

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,” Facebook said in a statement.

The lawsuit comes just weeks before Facebook is due to cash in with its IPO offering, which is expected to value the social network at as much as $100 billion.

As per Yahoo’s suit- “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,“.

Yahoo filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court in San Jose, California. Yahoo is asking for unspecified damages and a jury trial. As with many patent suits, this one will likely be resolved in a settlement or licensing deal.

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  • Roony

    I also feel that both companies will resolve their dispute outside of the courtroom.

  • Can’t be good for the upcoming IPO. Heard one commentator on CNBC say after this filing, that if it succeeds (Yahoo suit), what are you left with on Facebook, but a lot of words? Buyer beware.

  • Thanks for posting. It will be interesting to what becomes of this and where it leaves Facebook.