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Patent Wars in Social Media?


Are "patent wars" now affecting social media? Yahoo Inc recently sued Facebook Inc regarding 10 patents pertaining to methods and systems of social networking, customization and advertising. Facebook filed a counter suit, alleging patent infringement of ten of its own patents. These court cases constitute an escalation of patent litigation in an area that was up to now spared the fate of the smart phone and tablet computing industry. We provide here a brief analysis of the patent portfolios involved and ask if the fight could spill over to Europe.