Facebook's 'Like' Button Infringes Patent, Suit Says

Law360, New York (February 5, 2013, 5:46 PM EST) -- Facebook Inc.'s ubiquitous "Like" button and other sharing features allegedly infringe patents developed by a Dutch computer programmer who died before he could get his own social networking site off the ground, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Virginia.

The lawsuit, which also targets social media bookmarking service AddThis Inc., was filed by Rembrandt Social Media LP and claims Facebook infringes patents developed by the late Joannes Jozef Everardus van der Meer, who died in June 2004. Before his death, van der Meer registered the...
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