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Facebook fires back, accuses Yahoo of patent infringement

The counterclaim comes less than a month after Yahoo sued the social network

Not to be outdone by Yahoo’s patent infringement allegations, Facebook upped the ante Tuesday with a lawsuit of its own.

The social network claims that Yahoo’s patent violations involve advertising, content personalization and photo sharing. These patents reportedly involved 80 percent of Yahoo’s web revenue last year.

“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,” said Ted Ullyot, Facebook’s general counsel, in a statement.

Facebook is seeking a dismissal of Yahoo’s suit, along with damages and legal fees.

Yahoo’s lawsuit, which it filed on March 12, accused the social network of infringing 10 patents for social networking, privacy settings and ads. At the time, Yahoo had already demanded that Facebook pay licensing fees for the use of its technology.

The lawsuits are just the latest in a string of patent wars companies are waging in the technology sector, and they come at important moments: Facebook is preparing for a highly anticipated initial public offering, and Yahoo announced today that it is firing 2,000 workers.


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