Quantcast

Facebook fires back at Yahoo! with patent suit



SAN FRANCISCO—Facebook on Tuesday fired back at Yahoo! with a countersuit charging that the floundering Internet pioneer is violating the social network’s patents — and not the other way around.

The move came after Yahoo! filed suit against Facebook in a California court last month accusing the social networking giant of infringing on 10 patents.

“From the outset, we said we would defend ourselves vigorously against Yahoo!’s lawsuit, and today we filed our answer as well as counter-claims against Yahoo! for infringing 10 of Facebook’s patents,” said Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot.

“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.”

Yahoo!, in a 19-page lawsuit filed in US District Court for the Northern District of California, accused Facebook of infringing on patents in several areas including advertising, privacy and messaging.

In the suit, Yahoo! said Facebook’s growth to some 850 million users “has been based in large part on Facebook’s use of Yahoo!’s patented technology.”

The Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo! asked the court to order Facebook to halt its alleged patent-infringing activities and to assess unspecified damages.

Yahoo! did not respond to AFP requests for comment.

But its lawsuit was filed as Facebook was poised to go public on Wall Street, perhaps as soon as May, with a valuation of up to $100 billion.

Facebook recently amended paperwork filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission to warn potential investors that Yahoo!’s patent lawsuit could deliver a significant blow to its business.

“This litigation is still in its early stages and the final outcome, including our liability, if any, with respect to these claims, is uncertain,” Facebook said in the updated SEC filing.

“If an unfavorable outcome were to occur in this litigation, the impact could be material to our business, financial condition, or results of operations.”

Patent suits are a frequent occurrence among smartphone and tablet computer makers, and the world’s best known brands are ensnared in a complex web of legal claims, but such suits are relatively rare among social media companies.

The countersuit rejected a claim that “without Yahoo!’s achievements websites such as Facebook would not enjoy repeat visitors or substantial advertising revenue.”

Facebook, which is shifting operations to a former Sun Microsystems campus in the Northern California city of Menlo Park, denied violating any valid Yahoo! patents.

Facebook went on to accuse Yahoo! of infringing on its patented technology in a broad array of products including online venues for news, games, cars, travel, and photo-sharing service Flickr.

Facebook asked the court to dismiss Yahoo!’s complaint entirely and make the Internet veteran pay damages as well as the social network’s legal costs.








Recent Stories:

8 Cebu Pacific flights cancelled due to ‘aircraft situation’ 10 mins elapsed Military, BIFF clash after rebels harass village in Sultan Kudarat 16 mins elapsed Trillanes refused entry to ‘Hacienda Binay’ in Batangas 26 mins elapsed Apple computer sells for record $905K in NY–Bonhams 34 mins elapsed Absence of labor laws, sponsorship system in UAE left domestics open to abuse–report 45 mins elapsed AFP to report ‘misbehavior’ of Laude’s German boyfriend 1 hour elapsed Fried shrimp cake 1 hour elapsed Revilla bail hearing nears end 1 hour elapsed
Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.




  • hustlergalore

    “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.”
    – bwahahahahahahaha

  • http://civilservice.boxpinoy.com/civilserviceexam.php smh

    Yahoo, block Facebook; Facebook, ignore yahoo.

    Yahoo! and Facebook Relationship Status: Complicated



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement
Marketplace