Yahoo sues Facebook over patent infringement

Yahoo is taking Facebook to court over alleged patent infringement.

The social network has been blamed to have broken 10 of Yahoo’s patents based on advertising, privacy and social networking.

Filed in federal court in San Jose, California on Monday, the lawsuit claims that Facebook uses Yahoo technologies, which are included in its News Feed, customisation options and how to view friends’ activity. Yahoo wants Facebook to get a license in order to continue using them.

Yahoo stated: "Unfortunately, the matter with Facebook remains unresolved and we are compelled to seek redress in federal court.”

The web giant previously threatened Facebook with a lawsuit against them if it didn’t make a deal and get licensed for patent use.

It's been reported that Yahoo made hundreds of millions of dollars from a previous patent settlement with Google. Facebook's expected IPO could be valued at as much as $100 billion, despite the shadow that the lawsuit could cast over Facebook. 

Facebook spokesman, Jonathan Thaw, said in a 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.”

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