Sunday, November 30, 2008

Leader Technologies Sues Facebook for Copyright Infringement

Leader Technologies Incorporated of Columbus, Ohio, has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook, Inc. of Palo Alto, California.

The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and alleges that Facebook infringes Leader's U.S. Patent No. 7,139,761 issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on November 21, 2006. The '761 Patent generally relates to a method and system for the management and storage of electronic information. Leader seeks damages and an injunction against Facebook for its willful infringement of the '761 Patent.

Leader was founded by Michael McKibben in 1997 and is a pioneer in web-based collaboration platforms. Leader has filed several patent applications, dating back to 2002, that cover its technology. "We have spent a great amount of time and effort in procuring our intellectual property," says Michael McKibben, founder of Leader and named inventor on the '761 Patent, "and have taken the steps necessary to protect our proprietary and inventive ideas."

Leader is represented by the law firms King & Spalding LLP and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP.

1 comment:

Yechiel said...

Are you kidding me?!? Another inventor coming out of the woodwork saying, "I invented that too!" This drives me nuts. I glanced at the patent, and if I was to ask whether the facebook site meets every element of the claimed language in the poorly worded, overly broad, vague, and confused US 7,139,761 patent, I'd say "nice try."

PS - it's patent infringement, not copyright infringement.