In the complaint filed
yesterday in the Northern District of California, Yahoo!
asserted 10 patents - Nos.
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