14 Feb 2013

Like Button on Facebook's Sued

facebook has been sued over its “like” button by a patent-holding company that claims facebook ripped off its technology.

the lawsuit was filed in u. s. district court in virginia by rembrandt social media, the owner of patents filed by a deceased dutch programmer named joannes jozef everardus van der meer.

in step with the lawsuit, van der meer pioneered technology within the whole nineties that nowadays has been utilized on facebook.

in 1998, van der meer applied to firmly patent a technology that allowed users to firmly produce on-line diaries but a patent obtain a “related set of technologies that enabled the automatic transfer, for a user’s request, of third-party content a content-provider’s website to firmly the user’s personal diary page, ” in step with court documents.

essentially, van der meer’s patent envisioned what facebook nowadays calls its “share” and “like” buttons, the lawsuit aforesaid.

in 2004, van der meer, doing business underneath his company, aduna, registered the domain surfbook. com. in spite of this, he died that year and was unable to firmly produce his social network, court documents aforesaid.

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the lawsuit claims facebook was mindful of the patents coming from the nineties and most definitely has cited them in its own patent applications.

“although mark zuckerberg failed to begin what became facebook till 2003, it bears a exceptional resemblance, each in terms of its functionality and technical implementation, to firmly the personal web page diary that van der meer had invented years earlier, ” court documents aforesaid.

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facebook declined to firmly comment upon the lawsuit.

the lawsuit too names addthis, a social bookmarking service or a an early partner of facebook.

rembrandt social media is seeking damages, interest and courts prices, in step with the court documents.

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