Home > Legal > Yahoo! sues Facebook for patent infringement Yahoo! sues Facebook for patent infringement Thom Holwerda 2012-03-14 Legal 13 Comments “Yahoo has made good on its threat of last month and filed a patent infringement suit against Facebook.” Yup, another patent battle. Great for innovation, this. Destroying the technology industry, one patent at a time. About The Author Thom Holwerda Follow me on Twitter @thomholwerda 13 Comments 2012-03-14 12:52 am WorknMan I thought you were gonna lay off the patent shit, Thom. If you’re gonna post one or two, why something as dumb as this? Edited 2012-03-14 00:53 UTC 2012-03-14 8:54 am muszek I like to read about patent issues, particularly stuff written by Thom (I like the style and his point of view is pretty much the same with mine). My post should probably end with some suggestion on what you could do if you don’t like these stories, but I guess I’ll break the rule and start this day peacefully . 2012-03-14 1:32 pm Zer0C001 I too like being informed about patent bullshit and knowing that I’m not the only one thinking this : “Destroying the technology industry, one patent at a time.” 2012-03-15 6:13 am WorknMan My post should probably end with some suggestion on what you could do if you don’t like these stories, but I guess I’ll break the rule and start this day peacefully . No, those of us that are constantly bitching about it is the reason why he said he was going to dial the patent stories back But I say if you’re going to pick and choose which ones to post (which he should), why not concentrate on the ones where something/somebody actually gets shut down? The more you post about ‘company x sues company y over some overly broad patents’, the less people like me are going to pay attention when something REALLY bad happens as a result of patents and you decide to tell us about it. 2012-03-15 8:38 am muszek or… the more Thom writes about patents, the more people get pissed off. And that’s what we want – people being pissed off by patents 2012-03-15 11:07 pm WorknMan or… the more Thom writes about patents, the more people get pissed off. And that’s what we want – people being pissed off by patents That’s my point… they’re not going to get pissed off about patents; they’re just going to get annoyed by all the ‘company x gets sued for violating slide to unlock patent’ articles and start ignoring them altogether, and that’s probably NOT what you want. That’s why I say if you’re going to pick and choose which ones to post, then post the ones that really count, like when a product gets banned from a certain country because of a patent dispute. It’s like the boy who cried wolf… if you make a big stink every time somebody gets sued, then eventually people just stop paying attention. 2012-03-14 9:25 am Kochise “Facebookâ€™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!â€˜s patented social networking technology.” Is that a joke ? Especially this : “…which allows users to create profiles for and connect with, among other things, persons and businesses…” Yellow pages are on the line ! Kochise 2012-03-18 5:01 pm zima See, moving such old concepts into the digital realm makes all the difference… 2012-03-14 11:49 am MOS6510 I didn’t even know Yahoo! had a social network. 2012-03-14 12:10 pm Soulbender I didn’t know Yahoo was still in business. 2012-03-14 12:44 pm Laurence I didn’t even know Yahoo! had a social network. To be fair, back in the day Yahoo used to have some pretty nifty portals. Back then, many search engines were web hosts, chat forums, offered free webmail – essentially the whole “cloud” stack – and Yahoo was (then) the best. Then came Google who changed the entire paradigm of search by providing a minimal, search-focused interface. Ironically now things have come full circle and Google are now offering the entire stack while many rivals are predominantly focusing on search. I guess in some ways, search providers like Yahoo and Lycos lead the way for Google and the numerous social networks we have today. Not that I think there’s any merit to this patent law suit. Edited 2012-03-14 12:52 UTC 2012-03-14 12:54 pm MOS6510 Well, I liked Yahoo! back in the days where you jumped from search engine to search engine when you didn’t find what you were looking for and you were too lazy to install a tool that searched 4 or more search engines at once. I have no idea what they do now. It seems they are still pretty popular in Asia. In my address book I have 720 entries, 17 contain a Yahoo! address, 97 a Gmail one. But I do wish them well. They are certainly part of Internet history and I’d hate to seen them become history themselves. 2012-03-14 2:34 pm jackastor Hey Yahoo, ever heard of dial-up BBS?