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Heirs of Dutch inventor sue Facebook over “like” button

Alli Pyrah, New York

A patent holding company representing the heirs of a dead Dutch programmer is suing Facebook over its “like” button and other features

Rembrandt Social Media, acting on behalf of the late Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer, claims Facebook’s success can be partly attributed to using two of Van Der Meer's patents without authorisation.

The patents relate to technologies Van Der...

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