Facebook files countersuit against Yahoo over patents

In March, the financially troubled Yahoo decided to file a lawsuit against Facebook, claiming that the social networking service was in violation of a number of its patents. At the time, Facebook issued an official response, saying that it would "...defend [itself] vigorously against these puzzling actions."

Now Facebook has officially taken the fight directly to Yahoo. Reuters reports that the company has filed its own counterclaim, charging that Yahoo itself is in violation of 10 of Facebook's own patents. Some of those claims center on Yahoo's Flickr online photo storage service.The lawsuit claims that Flickr, specifically its photostream and activity features, infringe on a Facebook patent that's based on creating a personalized feed of news stories.

In a statement, Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot said, "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."

So far Yahoo has yet to comment on Facebook's actions today. In its previous lawsuit, Yahoo said that Facebook had violated ten of Yahoo's patents, including those relating to online advertising as well as some social networking features.

In related news, PandoDaily reports via unnamed sources that Yahoo could be ready to cut thousands of jobs at its US and overseas offices sometime later this week.

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brent3000 said,
Flicker stole FBs idea Hasnt it been around for a hell of alot longer?

Sadly seems to be irrelevant these days and it's not a question of who developed it first rather than who patented it first. I think its more the feed and social media aspect their targeting.

While im not a Flikr user so can't comment on how the features have developed I doubt half of those would have been born without borrowing an idea or two from Facebook.

Facebook isn't that old compared to Yahoo and others. Yahoo has been amassing patents for years compared to Facebook. So I doubt Facebook has any legit patents that can not be overturned as prior art.

Is this just some crazy way of starting the rumor that Apple are going to buy Yahoo... so that a headline on Neowin can be just a tiny bit accurate - stranger things have happened.

Before churning out the next story, consider checking what you've just finished writing. I wouldn't bother commenting if mistakes like this were rare, but they seem to be getting more severe and frequent.

Ours was posted with some good humour though, everyone does mistakes especially if they're putting out a lot of content frequently.

MiukuMac said,
Ours was posted with some good humour though, everyone does mistakes especially if they're putting out a lot of content frequently.

I've already stated that I wouldn't have felt the need to comment had I not noticed more mistakes cropping up. It just seems like the proof-reading's not up to scratch anymore. I critique to improve, not to insult.

MiukuMac said,
I doubt they filed it against Apple, as much as you'd like to think so John ;-)

To be fair, quotes like this--

In a statement, Facebook general counsel Ted Ullyot said, "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."

--cause it to be an easy mistake to make these days.