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Yahoo reply and counterclaim of April 27, 2012 to Facebook in patent infringement suit

Yahoo reply and counterclaim of April 27, 2012 to Facebook in patent infringement suit

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PLAINTIFF YAHOO!'S REPLY AND COUNTER-COUNTERCLAIMS CV-12-01212-JSW
Charles K. Verhoeven (Bar No. 170151)charlesverhoeven@quinnemanuel.comJennifer A. Kash (Bar No. 203679) jenniferkash@quinnemanuel.comKevin A. Smith (Bar No. 250814)kevinsmith@quinnemanuel.comQUINN EMANUEL URQUHART &SULLIVAN, LLP50 California Street, 22nd FloorSan Francisco, California 94111Telephone: (415) 875-6600Facsimile: 415 875-6700
Attorneys for Plaintiff Yahoo! Inc.UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTNORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIASAN FRANCISCO DIVISION
YAHOO! INC., a Delaware corporation,Plaintiff,vs.FACEBOOK, INC, a Delaware corporation,Defendant.CASE NO. CV-12-01212-JSW
PLAINTIFF YAHOO! INC.’s REPLYAND COUNTER COUNTERCLAIMS TODEFENDANT FACEBOOK, INC.’SANSWER; COUNTERCLAIM AGAINSTFACEBOOK, INC FOR DECLARATORYJUDGMENT OF NON-INFRINGEMENTJURY TRIAL DEMANDED
 Plaintiff Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo!”) hereby submits this Reply (“Reply”) in response to theCounterclaim for Patent Infringement (“Counterclaim”) filed in this action by Facebook, Inc.(“Facebook”). Yahoo!’s Counterclaims are set forth below the following Reply. For its Reply,Yahoo! states as follows:1.
 
In retaliation for Yahoo!’s good faith allegations of patent infringement,Facebook alleges infringement of ten patents as counterclaims. However, on information andbelief, Facebook lacks a good faith basis for most, if not all, of its counterclaims, particularlythose patents that it purchased from others.2.
 
Facebook purchased eight patents from non-practicing entities: two patents werepurchased from "IPG Electronics 503 Limited," a San Diego-based patent aggregator; twopatents were purchased from "Cheah Intellectual Property Licensing," a California-based patent
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PLAINTIFF YAHOO!'S REPLY AND COUNTER-COUNTERCLAIMS CV-12-01212-JSW
holding company; one patent was purchased from "Right Point LLC," a Texas-based patentaggregator; and three patents were purchased from New York University's intellectual propertylicensing department. All eight of these patents were purchased by Facebook in the past fivemonths, and several of these patents were purchased (independent of any separate technologyacquisition or merger) after Yahoo! filed its complaint in this action. On information and belief,many, if not all, of these patents were acquired by Facebook for purposes of retaliation againstYahoo! in this case.3.
 
No employee or officer of Facebook or any affiliated company conceived of,reduced to practice, or developed the alleged inventions claimed in the eight patents acquiredfrom non-practicing entities. In fact, the applications for many of these patents predateFacebook itself.4.
 
Contrary to an agreement between in-house counsel for Facebook and in-housecounsel for Yahoo! to raise intellectual property issues with each other in the first instance,Facebook provided no notice to Yahoo! of any alleged infringement, and Facebook neverattempted to resolve any alleged infringement of any of its patents by Yahoo! prior to assertingthem in litigation. Indeed, the PTO did not even issue U.S. Patent No. 8,150,913 until April 3,2012—the day Facebook asserted it.5.
 
On information and belief, Facebook failed to perform a good faith investigationinto its counterclaims prior to asserting them in retaliation against Yahoo! For example, asdescribed more fully below, Facebook purchased and asserted patents tainted by inequitableconduct. Furthermore, Facebook asserted its newly-acquired patents against aspects of Yahoo!'sproducts for which there is little to no publicly-available information. Unless Facebook hasunlawfully acquired Yahoo! confidential business information, Facebook could not havedeveloped a good-faith basis for many of the infringement allegations in its counterclaims.Because Facebook’s infringement assertions appear to be based on nothing more thanconjecture, assumptions, and unsupported inferences about how Yahoo!’s products may possiblyoperate and because Facebook’s allegations are the result of an insufficient pre-filing
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PLAINTIFF YAHOO!'S REPLY AND COUNTER-COUNTERCLAIMS CV-12-01212-JSW
investigation, Yahoo! reserves its right to seek attorneys fees, sanctions, and such other relief asthe court may deem proper pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
THE PARTIES
1.
 
Admitted.2.
 
Admitted.
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
3.
 
Yahoo! admits that this is a civil action for alleged patent infringement arisingunder the patent laws of the United States, Title 35 of the United States Code. Yahoo! admitsthat this Court has exclusive subject matter jurisdiction over this counterclaim pursuant to 28U.S.C. §1338(a).4.
 
Yahoo! admits that this Court has personal jurisdiction over Yahoo! becauseYahoo! maintains its principal place of business in this District, does business in this District,and filed the Complaint in this action. Yahoo! denies having committed acts of infringement inthis District or elsewhere.
FACEBOOK’S ALLEGATIONS OF INFRINGEMENT
5.
 
Yahoo! denies that it infringes any of the Facebook patents-in-suit. Yahoo!specifically denies that it has committed any acts of infringement through the Yahoo! HomePage, Yahoo!’s Content Optimization and Relevance Engine (“C.O.R.E.”), the Yahoo! Flickrphoto sharing service, and advertisements displayed throughout Yahoo! including on MyYahoo!, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Sports, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Games, Yahoo! Movies,Yahoo! Shopping, Yahoo! Travel, Yahoo! Autos, and Flickr. Yahoo! admits that it has beenreported that advertisements contributed 80% of Yahoo!’s revenue in 2011, accounting for morethan $4 billion dollars. Yahoo! admits that Flickr has at least 51 million registered users and 80million unique visitors worldwide per month. Yahoo! admits that Yahoo! News and Yahoo!Sports are the news and sports sites with the largest audiences in the United States. Yahoo!lacks knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief regarding the remaining allegations of paragraph 5 of the Counterclaim and on that basis denies them.
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