A patent infringement lawsuits filed by Bascom Research yesterday against the five social and business networking companies, Facebook, LinkedIn, Novell, Jive Software, and BroadVision, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The patents are in talk are relating to social and business networking technology.
“We strongly believe that Facebook, LinkedIn and the other defendants are infringing our patents,” says Lexington Technology Group CEO Will Rosellini. “Our pioneering technology was patented as early as 2001—long before the advent of Facebook, LinkedIn and other social and business networks—and covers key aspects of online collaboration and relationship linking.”
The four patents that are the subject of the lawsuit are:
- U.S. Patent No. 7,111,232 (“the ’232 Patent”), entitled Method and system for making document objects available to users of a network
- U.S. Patent No. 7,139,974 (“the ’974 Patent”), entitled FRAMEWORK FOR MANAGING DOCUMENT OBJECTS STORED ON A NETWORK
- U.S. Patent No. 7,389,241 (“the ’241 Patent”), entitled METHOD FOR USERS OF A NETWORK TO PROVIDE OTHER USERS WITH ACCESS TO LINK RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN DOCUMENTS
- U.S. Patent No. 7,158,971 (“the ’971 Patent”), entitled METHOD FOR SEARCHING DOCUMENT OBJECTS ON A NETWORK.
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