Yahoo Sues Facebook Over 10 Alleged Patent Violations
Accuses Facebook of succeeding by using Yahoo patents
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2012 8:46 AM CDT
The Yahoo logo is displayed outside of the offices in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, April 18, 2011.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

(Newser) – Yahoo followed through on its threat to sue Facebook today, filing a suit accusing the social networking company of violating 10 Yahoo patents. The suit, filed by new CEO Scott Thompson, reportedly comes after months of talks between the two companies; it alleges that Facebook got a "free ride" by using patented technology covering everything from messaging to online ads. Yahoo is struggling and Facebook is about to go public; suits like this are common in such cases, an expert tells the Wall Street Journal. Another tells Reuters that the timing might make Facebook "more willing to resolve" the differences.

The suit alleges that Facebook succeeded by using principles "Yahoo had its pulse on" years earlier, a former Yahoo exec says; one example is Facebook's newsfeed, which is similar to Yahoo's patent for custom data streams. "With this lawsuit Yahoo is saying they had the ideas first," the exec says. Indeed, the lawsuit quotes Mark Zuckerberg himself, Mashable reports; he once said, "Getting there first is not what it's all about." A Facebook spokesperson says the company first learned of the suit through the media.

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GoodSauce
Mar 15, 2012 3:58 AM CDT
A Patent on profiles and streaming data? Yahoo has gone into the business of being a patent troll. sicking.
Tology
Mar 13, 2012 10:22 AM CDT
Yahoo! I hope they bring down that ass Zuckerberg.
Psy Cada
Mar 13, 2012 9:42 AM CDT
Whatever happens, I'm sure it will go in Facebook's favor as it does Apple's, who claims they don't invent anything, they take ideas from others and wrap them in a shiny, user-friendly, package. As much as I hate FB and Apple, I hate Intellectual Property laws more. All ideas are built on the foundations of previous ideas. Imagine if mathematicians patented their formulas? "You can't use E=MC², you didn't pay for a license, which oh, by the way, just happens to cost more than your puny little company makes in a year." Just imagine how far we would have advanced.