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[Reuters] Yahoo sues Facebook for infringing 10 patents

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Yahoo Inc sued Facebook Inc on Monday over 10 patents that include methods and systems for advertising on the Web, the first major legal battle among big technology companies in social media.

The lawsuit, filed in a San Jose, California federal court, marks a major escalation of patent litigation that has already swept up the smartphone and tablet sectors and high-tech stalwarts such as Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc.

Yahoo's patent lawsuit follows Facebook's announcement of plans for an initial public offering that could value the company at about $100 billion.

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We should all just say no to this crap, if you see it from the start call them out on it ... but letting the build and thrive and then try and call them on it is just low and dirty dirty man frown.gif
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Yeah, Yahoo has a history of only filing infringement lawsuits after a company files their IPO. they did this to Google back in 2004 as well and got over 2 million SHARES of google stock.

The truly odd thing is that Yahoo builds and implements a lot of facebook-related things (games, apps, etc.). It seems very ballsy to do this especially given Yahoo's uncertain direction at the moment. They could be severing ties with one of the biggest clients they have. Now, if they get a hefty enough settlement, maybe that will offset some of the costs of this.

I also thought I read somewhere that Yahoo was also announcing a series of layoffs as well, possibly starting this month.
    
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Yahoo your not Apple.
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We should all just say no to this crap, if you see it from the start call them out on it ... but letting the build and thrive and then try and call them on it is just low and dirty dirty man frown.gif

So you think that Yahoo should allow Facebook to use their IP free of charge? From what I have heard, Yahoo has been trying the "nice" approach by asking them to pay, until they had their IPO. How long should Yahoo wait to sue?
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Yahoo your not Apple.

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So you think that Yahoo should allow Facebook to use their IP free of charge? From what I have heard, Yahoo has been trying the "nice" approach by asking them to pay, until they had their IPO. How long should Yahoo wait to sue?

Agreed--it was well-established that Yahoo had approached FB many times in the past about licensing whatever the tech is that is in question.

On the other hand, it's a strategic decision of Yahoo to file an official suit now, so they can poise themselves into obtaining stock as some or all of a settlement, which can be much more valuable than cash licensing.
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