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.
Following its second-quarter earnings call last Thursday, Facebook filed its 10-Q quarterly document with the Securities and Exchange Commission Tuesday, addressing, among other topics, increased mobile usage, revenue from game developer Zynga, and the status of various lawsuits.
Leading up to Facebook’s first-ever earnings call as a publicly traded company, which will be held Thursday at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT, the social network, through outside public-relations firm Brunswick Group, is trying to de-emphasize its actual financial results and focus on its accomplishments since going public May 18.
The ongoing talks between Yahoo and Facebook in an attempt to resolve their long-running patent litigation battle have apparently been fruitful, as AllThingsD reported that the two Internet giants have reached an agreement.
Yahoo and Facebook are trying to put an end to a legal saga in which the web portal sued the social network for patent infringement. Yahoo claimed in March that Facebook essentially stole its social network model, which includes creating profiles and interacting with other users and businesses. Both sides were in court again Tuesday, as Yahoo asked for a two-week extension to file replies in the lawsuit.
Executives from Yahoo and Facebook have been in negotiations to end their patent litigation battle, started by a suit Yahoo filed against Facebook in March, with the two companies exploring cross-licensing of patents and deeper integration between the search engine and the social network, according to reports.
Will a new chief executive officer bring new hopes for a settlement in the patent-infringement brouhaha between Yahoo and Facebook? Yahoo Interim CEO Ross Levinsohn reportedly reached out to the social network in hopes of a settlement, after taking over for former CEO Scott Thompson.