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Yahoo sues Facebook over patent infringement on website functions

Yahoo sues Facebook over patent infringement on website functions

Facebook Inc. was accused in a lawsuit by Yahoo! Inc. of infringing patents covering functions critical to websites.

Yahoo said in a complaint filed Tuesday in federal court in San Jose, California, that Facebook has infringed 10 of its patents covering advertising, privacy controls and social networking.

“For much of the technology upon which Facebook is based, Yahoo! got there first,” the company argued in its complaint. “Facebook’s entire social network model, which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses, is based on Yahoo!’s patented social networking technology,” Yahoo said.

Yahoo, owner of the most popular US Internet portal, said in February that Facebook must license its technology, pointing out that other Web companies have done so.

“Unfortunately, the matter with Facebook remains unresolved and we are compelled to seek redress in federal court,” Yahoo said in the 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,” Facebook said in a statement.

“Once again, we learned of Yahoo’s decision simultaneously with the media,” Facebook said. The company said it would defend itself against what it called “these puzzling actions.”

更新時間 : 2021-10-21 03:10 GMT+08:00