Following up on Yahoo's patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook which was filed last month, the social networking site has filed a counter lawsuit against Yahoo making similar allegations.
Facebook's lawsuit alleges that Yahoo infringed on about 10 of Facebook’s patents. The lawsuit alleges that the Yahoo Homepage, Content Optimization and Relevance Engine, Flickr as well as the ad program on Yahoo are based on Facebook patents. In the lawsuit, Facebook asks for damages, and has requested a trial by jury.
The social networking site has also rejected the allegations made by Yahoo in its lawsuit. Facebook is asking that the claims made against it be dismissed outright, and has also asked that Yahoo pay for all the costs of the lawsuit. Facebook also wants Yahoo to be prevented from filing lawsuits based on these patents in the future.
California patent infringement lawyers believe that these lawsuits will likely lead to a stalemate between the 2 companies.
In February, Yahoo filed a lawsuit against Facebook, claiming that the company had violated its patents. Yahoo's allegations have been criticized by some in the tech industry, because Facebook has been responsible for sending a lot of traffic Yahoo's way. Facebook’s viral channels have sent a lot of traffic going to Yahoo's news website. Additionally, many of the patents that Yahoo has cited in its lawsuit are sufficiently vague, and are very similar to the kind of patents that have been used to develop technologies used on several social websites.
Patent infringement lawsuits can be expensive, and time-consuming. They can also be a drain on a company's finances, especially when it’s a company like Yahoo, which already faces severe problems of its own, including layoffs, takeover threats and falling stock prices.