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Facebook involved in over 41 patent litigations

Facebook involved in over 41 patent litigations

Currently, Facebook is involved in over 41 patent litigations (listed below). But none of them is as big as Yahoo Vs Facebook.

Yahoo on Tuesday filed a case against Facebook asserting that it violates 10 to 20 of its patents covering technology that supports advertising, privacy controls, news feeds and messaging services.

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Although this is not worrying as patent litigations are part of the game called technology business. However, the timing does suggest something sinister. The Facebook IPO is just around the corner and a major litigation can raise concerns in the minds of investors. Yahoo in a statement said it has “a responsibility to its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders to protect its intellectual property. We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be compelled to move forward unilaterally to protect our rights.”

 

Facebook has a huge disadvantage in patent wars as its portfolio is considerably small. The company filed over 410 U.S. patent applications in the past 18 months and has about only 56 granted U.S. patents. Therefore, it would be difficult for Facebook to counter sue Yahoo as is usually done in such cases. However, it may be interesting to see if Microsoft comes in and “lends” some crucial patents to Facebook. In the past, Google lend some patents to HTC to help it against Apple.

 

List of Patent Litigations

 

Real Time Social Inventions LLC v. Facebook Inc.

Real Time Social Inventions LLC v. Facebook Inc.

MacroSolve, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc.

Preservation Technologies LLC v. Facebook Inc.

Promotional Technologies, LLC v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Preservation Technologies LLC v. Netflix, Inc. et al

Easyweb Innovations, LLC v. Facebook, Inc.

FotoMedia Technologies LLC v. Facebook Inc. et al

Auto-Completion Solutions LLC v. Facebook Inc. et al

Princeton Digital Image Corporation v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Droplets, Inc. v. Amazon.com, Inc. et al

Site Update Solutions LLC v. Accor North America Inc et al

Walker Digital LLC v. Facebook Inc. et al

Walker Digital LLC v. Facebook Inc.

Pragmatus AV, LLC v. Facebook, Inc.

Interval Licensing LLC v. Facebook Inc.

Walker Digital LLC v. Facebook Inc. et al

Walker Digital LLC v. Myspace Inc. et al

Abridge Technology v. Metro PCS Communications, Inc. et al

Unified Messaging Solutions LLC v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Wireless Ink Corporation v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Summit 6 LLC v. Research in Motion Corporation et al

Pragmatus AV, LLC v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Indacon, Inc. v. Facebook, Inc.

Walker Digital LLC v. Facebook Inc.

Pragmatus AV, LLC v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Pragmatus AV, LLC v. Facebook, Inc.

Facebook, Inc. v. Phoenix Media/Communications Group, Inc. et al

Gildersleeve Holdings AG, LLC v. Spark Networks, Inc. et al

Interval Licensing LLC v. eBay, Inc. et al

Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL Inc et al

Mekiki Co. Ltd. et al v. Facebook Inc.

Site Update Solutions LLC v. Accor North America Inc et al

Wireless Ink Corporation v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Mekiki Co. Ltd. et al v. Facebook Inc.

Tele-Publishing Inc. v. Facebook, Inc. et al

SimpleAir, Inc. v. AWS Convergence Technologies, Inc. et al

WhoGlue Inc. v. Facebook Inc.

API Technologies, LLC v. Facebook, Inc. et al

Leader Technologies Inc. v. Facebook Inc.

PA Advisors LLC v. Google Inc. et al

Cross Atlantic Capital Partners inc. V. Facebook Inc. et al

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