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Yahoo's Patent Lawsuit Against Facebook

Yahoo's Patent Lawsuit Against Facebook

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Yahoo's lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social networking giant has violated 10 patents owned by the Web pioneer.
Yahoo's lawsuit against Facebook, alleging that the social networking giant has violated 10 patents owned by the Web pioneer.

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23.Thisisanaction
for
patentinfringement.Charles
K.
Verhoeven(Bar
No.
170151)charlesverhoeven@quinnemanuel.comJenniferA.Kash(BarNo.203679)
j
A.
Smith(BarNo.250814)kevinsmith@quinnemanuel.com4QUINNEMANUELURQUJIART
&
SULLIVAN,LLP550CaliforniaStreet,22ndFloorSanFrancisco,California941116Telephone:(415)875-6600Facsimile:(415)875-6700378AttorneysforPlaintiffYahoo!Inc.
E-filing
9UNITEDSTATESDISTRICTCOURTNORTHERNDISTRICTOFCALIFORNIA10
11
SANJOSEDIVISION
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12
12
NC
12YAHOO!INC.,aDelawarecorporation,Plaintiff,1314COMPLAINTFORPATENTINFRINGEMENT
JURY
TRIALDEMANDEDvs.15FACEBOOK,INC,aDelawarecorporation,Defendant.161718PlaintiffYahoo!Inc.("Yahoo!")complainsandallegesasfollowsagainstFacebook,Inc.19("Facebook"):20THEPARTIES21
1.
PlaintiffYahoo!isacorporationorganizedunderthelawsofDelaware,withits22principalplaceofbusinessat7011
st
Avenue,Sunnyvale,CA
94089.
23
2.
Uponinformationandbelief,Facebookisacorporationorganizedunderthelaws24ofDelaware
and
hasitsprincipalplaceofbusinessat1601WillowRoad,MenloPark,CA94025.25Uponinformationandbelief,Facebookoperatesonlinenetworkingservicesthroughitswebportal26FACEBOOK.COM,mobileapplications,socialpIugins,andothertoolsintheUnitedStates.
COlv11)LAINTFORPATENTINFRINGEMENT
NATUREOFTHEACTION27
28
 
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JUR1SD1CTIONAN))VENUE
2of,andloractivelyinduceotherstoinfringeYahool'sU.S.PatentNo.6,907,566('''566patent"),4.Facebookhasinfringedandcontinuestoinfringe,contributetotheinfringementJU.S.PatentNo.7,100,11
J
('''111patent"),
U.S.
PatentNo.7,373,599('''599patent"),
U.S.
Patent4No.7,668,861('''861patent"),U.S.PatentNo.7,269,590('''590patent"),U.S.PatentND.57,599,935('''935patent"),U.S.PatentNo.7,454,509("'509patent"),U.S.PatentNo.5,983,227
6
("'227patent"),U.S.PatentNo.7,747,648(,"648patent"),andU.S.PatentNo.7,406,501(,"5017patent")(collectively"thepatents-in-suit").5.Thislawsuitisanactionforpatentinfringementarisingunderthepatentlawsof10theUnitedStates,35U.S.C.§§1
eiseq.
ThisCourthasjurisdictionoverthisactionpursuantto
11
28U.S.C.§§1331and1338.126.ThisCourthaspersonaljurisdictionoverFacebookforatleastthefollowing13reasons:(i)FacebookmaintainsitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinthisDistrict;(ii)Facebookhas14designatedanagentforserviceofprocessintheStateofCalifornia;(iii)Faccbookhascommitted15actsofpatentinfringementand/orcontributedtoorinducedactsofpatentinfringementbyothers16inthisDistrictandelsewhereinCaliforniaandtheUnitedStates;(iv)Faccbookregularlydocs17business,solicitsbusiness,engagesinotherpersistentcourses
or
conduct,and/orderives
18
substantialrevenuefromproductsandlorservicesprovidedtoindividualsinthisDistrictandin19thisState;and(v)FaccbookhasinitiatedlitigationinthisjudicialDistrict.20
7.
Venueisproperinthisjudicialdistrictpursuantto28U.S.c.§§1391(b)and(c)21and1400(b)becauseFacebookdoesbusinessintheStateofCalifornia,hascommittedactsof22infringementinthisStateandinthisDistrict,hasaregularandestablishedplaceofbusinessin23thisDistrict,andissubjecttopersonaljurisdictioninthisDistrict.258.PursuanttoCivilL.R.3-2(c),thiscaseisappropriateforassignmenton
a
district-24
lNTRADISTRICTASSIGNMENT
26widebasisbecausethisisanIntellectualPropertyAction.2728..____._......~_'"__...~~__2~__._.~__.__._
COMPLAINTfORPATENTINFRINGEMENT
 
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COMPLAINTFOR
J'
ATENT
INFR
INGEMENT
1FACTUALBACKGROUND
2Yahoo!'sHistory
9.Sinceitsfoundingin1994bytwoStanfordUniversityelectricalengineering4graduatestudents,JerryYangandDavidFilo,Yahoo!hasgrowntobecomeapremieredigital5mediaandcommunicationscompany.Yahoo!beganasadirectoryofInternetwcbsitcs.Before6long,thousandsofpeoplewereaccessingthedirectorytoidentifyusefulwcbsites,Yahoo!7celebrateditsfirst"million-hitday"inthefallof1994,translatingtoalmost100thousandunique8visitors.Yahoo!registeredthedomain..www.yahoo.com.onJanuary18,1995.
9
10.Asitgrew,Yahoo!diversifieditsproductofferingsbeyonditsoriginaldirectory10orwebsites.forexamp
le,
Yahoo!pioneeredthefieldofprovidingcustomizedwebpageswhenit11launchedMyYahoo!in1996.MyYahoo!allowsuserstocombinetheirfavoriteYahoo!content12feedsintoasinglepage.Yahoo!continueditsinvestmentinMyYahocl,launchinganupgraded
13
versionin2007.Further,inthelate
I
990:;andearly2000s,
Yahou
r
began
webhosting
through14Yahoo!GeoCities,onlinegamingthroughYahoo!Games,anddiscussionboardsknownas15Yahoo!Groups.1611.Yahoo!hasalsomadesignificantadvancesandinvestmentsinthefieldof17Internetsocialnetworks.OnMarch29,2005,Yahoo!madeavailableitsbJoggingandsocial18networkingservice,Yahoo!360°.OnMarch20,2005,Yahoo!acquiredthephotosharingand19socialnetworkingwebsite,
Flickr.
InSeptember2007,Yahoo!launchedthesocialnetwork20serviceYahoo!Mash,andlaterintroducedthesocialnetworkingserviceYahoo!PulseandYahoo!21Profiles.
22
12.Yahoo!has,inaddition,beenaleadinginnovatorinelectronicmessaging.23Yahoo!inaugurateditsweb-mailservice,Yahoo!Mailin1997,whichquicklygrewtobeoneof24thelargestweb-basedemailservicesIntheworld.Yahoo!haslaunchedenhancedversionsof25Yahoo!Mailin2007and2011.
In
1998,Yahoo!releasedYahoo!Messenger,itsinternet26messagingclient,underthename"Yahoo!Pager."WhenYahoo!andMicrosoftmadetheir27instantmessagingclientsinteroperablein2006,itcreatedtheworld'ssecondlargestreal-time28-3-

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