Fed. Circ. Clears Facebook In Patent Row With Tech Co.

Law360, New York (May 8, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Tuesday cleared Facebook Inc. of allegations that it infringed a networking patent held by Leader Technologies Inc., finding the patent was invalid because Leader created a product based on it too long before applying to protect the technology.

The ruling upholds a verdict from a 2010 jury that found Leader's U.S. Patent Number 7,139,761 was invalid because the company made a software product called Leader2Leader — which relied on the patented data storage and sharing technology — before filing its application with...
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