Report by JENIFERLAMUG
SAN FRANCISCO federal court- Facebook Inc. had filed a counterclaim against Yahoo on Tuesday, denying the latter’s accusation of patent infringement last month, saying its rival’s patents are either invalid. The company had seek court orders declaring that it doesn't infringe Yahoo patents and suggested the lawsuit should be dismissed, reports San Francisco Chronicle.
"If someone picks a fight with you, then you certainly would respond in kind, typically," said David McCombs, an intellectual property lawyer at Haynes & Boone LLP in Dallas, in a phone interview by other media.
Reportedly, Yahoo Inc. had sued Facebook of stealing its technology.
Report also suggests that Yahoo had already received Facebook's answer and counterclaims. But Yahoo said “we believe they (Facebook) are without merit and nothing more than a cynical attempt to distract from the weakness of its defense,” as Facebook had defy their proposal to discuss and resolve the matter.
Facebook, which has more than 845 million users, claimed in their lawsuit that its 10 patents are directly infringed by Yahoo's home page and Flickr and through the advertisements being displayed on its site.
Ted Ullyot, Facebook's general counsel in his e-mail statement to San Francisco Chronicle said "While we are asserting patent claims of our own, we do so in response to Yahoo's shortsighted decision to attack one of its partners and prioritize litigation over innovation."