Facebook didn’t come up with the ‘Like’ button, and that is the reason behind Facebook being sued this month. Rembrandt Social Media filed the lawsuit, stating that Facebook’s success was based on several of a Dutch programmer’s (now deceased) patents, which they now own. According to the paperwork submitted with the lawsuit, Facebook was aware of the patents for the ‘Like’ button and referenced them in their application to patent their own social networking tools.
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Given the fact that this isn’t Facebook’s first time at the rodeo, remember the debacle with the Winklevoss Twins? It certainly brings Facebook credibility into question. However, one has to ask why it’s taken Rembrandt Social Media so long to come forward with this lawsuit. Interestingly enough, Facebook has been preparing itself for more lawsuits, even going so far as to warn investors, and has acquired more patents for its portfolio. Clearly, Facebook is doing its best to keep its investors positive, but to have another hiccup so soon after the company’s stock market disaster doesn’t bode well for their reputation.
Considering the two patents in question – the ‘News feed’ and the ‘Like’ button are the two things that make Facebook Facebook – this could turn out to be quite the lawsuit. We anticipate a lot of press around what will no doubt be a long drawn out process. And while Facebook has been sued in the past for many different violations, this could very well be the one that sticks.
What do you think? Will someone finally overcome this social media giant?
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