I spoke with with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN TV about the patent infringement suit Yahoo recently filed against Facebook. In the interview, we discuss:
- the numerous patents Facebook allegedly infringes upon,
- why Yahoo chose to file suit now and
- the current relationship between Yahoo and Facebook.
Funny how people want to ask is “Yahoo a patent troll?” As it turns out Facebook just purchased 750 patents from IBM.Bloomberg reported that Facebook purchased IBM patents and “the deal involved 750 patents for software, networking and other technologies.”
I wonder if we are going to see Facebook going after other social networking sites in an attempt to make money. Or is Facebook going to useuse their new patent portfolio as defensive patents. Remember patents don’t give you a right to make or use the invention it only gives you a right to stop others from using it.