22 December 2011

File the Patent Application as Soon as Possible

Here's an interesting article from the excellent LoTempio Law Blog.  This post explains how Facebook got lucky in a case where it was found that its software infringed a patent. Fortunately for Facebook, that patent was found to be invalid because of disclosures made before the patent application was filed.

Interestingly, the case shows that the engine running Facebook is someone else's invention. Also interesting are the questions raised by the author concerning Zuckerberg's conduct at the time when he supposedly "invented" Facebook. All very intriguing...

Given the present value of Facebook, the failure to file early was a huge mistake on the part of the patentee.

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