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Yahoo! wields internet technology in latest patent war

Karen Bolipata, New York

Yahoo!’s patent lawsuit against Facebook may signal it is joining the ranks of companies such as Kodak in attempting to monetise key technology to keep revenue flowing

In the complaint filed yesterday in the Northern District of California, Yahoo! asserted 10 patents – Nos. 6,907,566; 7,100,111; 7,373,599; 7,668,861; 7,269,590; 7,599,935; 7,454,509; 5,983,227; 7,747,648; and 7,406,501 – covering advertising, privacy, customisation, social networking and messaging technology.

"For much of the technology upon which Facebook is based, Yahoo! got there first and was therefore granted patents by the United States Patent Office to protect those innovations," said Yahoo! in the complaint.

In the complaint, Yahoo! touted its innovations, from customised webpages and pay-per-click advertising to electronic...

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