A trial has started in Alexandria, Va., federal court, where a holding company, known as Rembrandt Social Media, is suing the much larger Facebook.
The company claims Facebook infringed on patents which were assigned to a Dutch computer programmer, Joannes Van Der Meer. The programmer apparently attempted to offer site called "Surfbook," which is similar to Facebook. He got the patents before Facebook appeared. But Surfbook was never offered, and Van Der Meer died in 2004.