The deputy general counsel position that has been open since Colin Stretch was promoted to vice president and general counsel in June is now filled, as Gibson Dunn Partner Ashlie Beringer will join Facebook in that role in mid-November.
Facebook reached a settlement with Timelines.com, which sued the social network over the naming of its profile page, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The two parties agreed to settle the case out of court, but financial information was not disclosed.
Did the late Joannes Jozef Everardus Van Der Meer invent timeline and the like button? Van Der Meer died in June 2004, shortly after Facebook debuted at Harvard University, but a lawsuit filed by Rembrandt IP Management on behalf of the late computer scientist’s family is aimed at proving that claim.
Facebook and seven other companies filed an amicus brief with the U.S. State Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Friday, contending that patents should not be awarded simply for combining abstract ideas with phrases such as “on a computer” or “over the Internet.”
Facebook struck back in a lawsuit over its want button filed by Farmington Hills, Mich.-based CVG-SAB, which claimed that it holds patents and trademarks for its own Want Button product, launched in September 2010.
Hardly a month goes by without Facebook finding itself named in a patent-infringement lawsuit, and October’s plaintiff is Bascom Research, which describes itself as a “software-development company focused on applying computational and data structures to complex data sets in the medical field.”
Facebook was hit with another patent-infringement suit, this time from Eolas Technologies, which licensed four interactive technology patents from the Regents of the University of California, and the university.
When Facebook faced a patent-infringement lawsuit by Yahoo, countersuing turned out to be an effective strategy, leading to a settlement between the two companies. The social network is apparently hoping for a similar outcome in a patent suit filed against it by Mitel Networks in March.