Facebook Accuses Yahoo of Patent Infringement

By Joseph Mandour on April 11, 2012

Patent LawyersSan Diego – The ongoing patent infringement battle between Yahoo! and Facebook continues to heat up. A couple of weeks ago, Yahoo filed a lawsuit against Facebook accusing the world’s largest social media website of infringing on ten of its technology patents which include online advertising technology.

In a counterclaim filed just this week with the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Facebook is claiming that Yahoo is infringing on ten of its patents. The social media giant claims that Yahoo is infringing on its patents related to social networking, advertising, and privacy controls. As of recently, Facebook has been in many headlines including having just recently acquired 750 of IBM’s patents and adding them to its expanding intellectual property portfolio.

When Facebook was hit with Yahoo’s patent infringement lawsuit last month, a representative of Yahoo made a statement regarding the lawsuit saying, “As we have made clear from the outset, the unauthorized use of our patented technology is unacceptable and must be resolved appropriately,” and “other leading companies license these technologies, and Facebook must do the same or change the way it operates.” In light of Facebook’s counterclaim, Yahoo stated that the complaint against it was “”without merit and nothing more than a cynical attempt to distract from the weakness of its defense.” In recent week’s Yahoo has seen its revenue decline and its shares fell 2.4 percent on Tuesday afternoon when the counterclaim was filed.

Yahoo and Facebook join a growing list of patent infringement related lawsuits including giants in the technology field such as Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., Apple Inc., and Microsoft Corp. Facebook has claimed to be “irreparably harmed” by Yahoo’s lawsuit and in the counterclaim filed this week it is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial as well as the dismissal of Yahoo’s lawsuit. A member of Facebook’s general counsel stated, “While we are asserting patent claims of our own, we do so in response to Yahoo’s short-sighted decision to attack one of its partners and prioritize litigation over innovation.”

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