Facebook, Twitter Sued Over IP Used To Quash COVID-19 Lies

By Dave Simpson (November 25, 2020, 9:42 PM EST) -- Many of the core functions of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, like targeted advertising, notifications and even tools used for flagging fake COVID-19 news, are infringing patents owned by a Xerox subsidiary, the company said Wednesday in three suits filed in California federal court.

In separate suits alleging infringement of a total of eight patents, Palo Alto Research Center Inc. accuses Facebook Inc. of infringing seven patents, Twitter Inc. of infringing six and Snap Inc. of infringing three. PARC frames itself as a longtime player in the tech industry — claiming to have invented the first personal computer — when compared to the newer...

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