Patents

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
cmdrtaco, hazing, ipo

Companies:
facebook, yahoo



Facebook Has Been Sued Five Times For Patent Infringement In Two Months Since Filing For Its IPO

from the paddle-paddle dept

We recently wrote about a Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda column for the Washington Post, which suggested that getting sued for patent infringement was like frat hazing for tech companies that file to go public. If that's true, then it appears that Facebook is taking its paddle whacks from quite a few upper classmen. In a larger report about the Facebook/Yahoo patent battle, M-CAM mentions as an aside that Facebook has been sued five times for patent infringement in just the two months since it filed for the IPO:
Patent infringement lawsuits can be problematic during a company's quiet period. In the two months since filing for its IPO in February 2012, Facebook has been the target of five such suits: three from non-operating entities, one from Mitel, and one from Yahoo!.
This isn't a coincidence. This is about companies hoping to cash in by filing questionable patent lawsuits at a very inconvenient time for Facebook. These are companies who know the history of similar lawsuits, where many companies feel compelled to "settle" at almost any cost, due to pressure from Wall Street investors who don't understand patent battles, and fear that any prolonged fight is too costly. So companies are sometimes willing to pay through the nose, not because there's any validity to the lawsuits, but because the massive influx of cash from a successful IPO is worth a lot more than fighting the patent lawsuit. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more trolls try to jump in before the IPO gets off the ground.

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread


  • This comment has been flagged by the community. Click here to show it
    identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 3:37am

    Getting caught running a red light is "frat hazing".

    Cue freetards censoring this comment, cuz you k'now, differing opinions are cause for "reporting" on this ridiculous blog...

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 3:49am

      Re:

      Then why don't you leave instead of hanging around I am sure that there are better jobs out there in the world. I bet your parents would be proud, Hey everyone my son is a shill

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 4:27am

      Re:

      I don't know, I think the comments that get reported are those that don't even bother to pretend to attempt to make even a shred of a piece of a start of a formation of a logical argument.

      You know, like the one you just made.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      abc gum, 17 Apr 2012 @ 4:32am

      Re:

      and accusation of patent infringement is a traffic ticket.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 5:06am

      Re:

      No, no one would possibly REPORT (not "censor", because it's still viewable for those who want to see such stupidity) such an inane and completely off topic comment, nor one that obviously adds such insight to the article at hand. /s

      You don't want your comments reported, try actually making them relevant.

      Cue shill replying with a further moronic comment.

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 6:32am

      Re:

      Really I am envious of comments like this. They are so short, yet speak volumes! One could write a five page essay examining all the stupid that has been packed into these two short lines.

      Truly some masterful compression techniques there!

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

    • identicon
      Minimum Wage Shill, 17 Apr 2012 @ 7:53am

      maybe next time

      FIRST!!!!


      Oh ... darn!

      reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 4:36am

    Not that I feel sorry for Facebook and their billions, but these lawsuits are pretty pathetic.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 5:03am

    funny, you don't seem to be bothered about facecrack, making money off others patented items, something someone worked to make, because that's what innovation is all about to freetards, just steal what you want, your entitled to it, right??

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 17 Apr 2012 @ 5:21am

    "where many companies feel compelled to "settle" at almost any cost, due to pressure from Wall Street investors who don't understand patent battles, and fear that any prolonged fight is too costly"

    Should it really surprise us that Wall Street isn't smart enough to think ahead? Given all the damage their short sightedness has inflicted onto the world's economy, including knowingly defrauding their own customers by selling them 'great' investments they themselves were betting against without telling said customers.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • icon
    Zakida Paul (profile), 17 Apr 2012 @ 6:14am

    Lawsuits, lawsuits, lawsuits! Do Americans know no other way of resolving disputes?

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • icon
    Mesonoxian Eve (profile), 17 Apr 2012 @ 7:14am

    No mention of Winklevi?

    The world's going to hell in a hand basket.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    NullOp, 17 Apr 2012 @ 8:35am

    Sued!

    Think of these suits in this light: "We just want our piece of your pie. It's not personal, it's just business..." Business is a dirty, dirty game with the only rule being...WIN!

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 22 Apr 2012 @ 6:41pm

    Brown and dim eco-friendly pieces might be donned only inexpensive Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses contacts function the colour is saying there is not significantly romantic relationship among the UV400 generally additional a layer of membrane. As for what colour to put on contacts which are generally aesthetic and every personís pores and skin color, inexpensive replica oakley sunglasses clothes donned through the problem, Cheap Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses is incredibly fundamental with the summer,because it safeguards the eye balls loads of pals with the Oakley sunglasses of choice, generally far more interest could be the product or service price, good quality and design and so, in fact, the option of sunglasses lens colours are also incredibly important. So, what colour is generally a very good inexpensive Oakley sunglasses Statistics display that most folks commonly select dark font size="+2.415">Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses Outlet frame shade mainly because of fake Oakley sunglasses can withstand the path to keep away from the expression of mild reflected back again from your drinking water or light, or other conditions arising from your reflection, inexpensive Oakley sunglasses to provide the driver a obvious visual experience.Believe this could be the greatest question. Indeed, now for the industry sunglasses lens colours multi-colored and dazzling, colour will not harm inexpensive Oakley Frogskin Sunglasses Sale you to definitely carry a diverse feel. Brown University: Brown college recognized Oakley Outlet low cost as the most effective sunglasses contacts in color.Cheap Oakley Sunglasses far more designer. oakley sunglasses outlet far more artist new Oakley sunglasses.

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]


Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Math Is Not A Crime
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Advertisement
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads

Close

Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.