Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents To Defend Against Yahoo

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Facebook has just bought some troll repellant in the form of 750 patents for networking, software, and other technologies from IBM according to Bloomberg. If Yahoo relies any of those technologies, Facebook could use the patents to counteract Yahoo’s patent infringement lawsuit against it.

The purchase means Facebook may be in less danger for now, but it doesn’t stop Yahoo from trolling other companies with its vague social networking and advertising patents.

Facebook was in danger of having to either settle with Yahoo or license the old tech giant’s patents to avoid uncertainty heading into its own IPO. It could have tried to invalidate Yahoo’s patents in court, but that case could have spilled over its IPO date and scared away investors.

Since Facebook is a young company, it doesn’t have as robust a patent portfolio as other big successful tech companies. It only had 56 issued and 503 filed patents in the…

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