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Yahoo picks a patent fight with Facebook

Radford C. Feb 28, 2012 2

Want to hear a joke about patents? Seriously. Wait for my next post because I’m going to link back to that one once I’m done copying CNet’s article.

CNet, Take it away:

The foundering Web pioneer reportedly wants the social-networking giant to license 10 to 20 patents related to advertising and Web page personalization.

Yahoo appears to be turning to patent licensing to boost its fortunes. The foundering Web pioneer is threatening legal action against Facebook if the social-networking giant does not agree to license 10 to 20 patents held by Yahoo, according to The New York Times. The patents at issue relate to advertising, Web site personalization, social networking, and chat services, the newspaper reported, citing unidentified people briefed on the matter. Yahoo didn’t respond to a CNET request for comment but told the Times that, “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 said it had only just learned of matter and could not comment on the matter without further study.

Via »CNet