It seems that Yahoo’s lawsuit against Facebook has opened the floodgates for litigation against the latter. Facebook has been sued by yet another company in the last week, and some more, including AOL, may be planning to sue it in the coming days, according to a report by Techcrunch.
Though Yahoo’s patent infringement claims against Facebook were criticized by almost everyone in the industry, there is a good chance that Yahoo will make some money off it, as it targets Facebook right before its IPO.
Apparently, some other firms want to cash in on Facebook’s IPO too, albeit in a different way. Mitel, a Canadian IT company, has also sued Facebook for infringement of two patents related to “automatic web page generator” and “pro-active features for telephony”. It is asking for damages as well as a royalty from Facebook.
Even AOL seems to be preparing to get in the game. It filed a revised application for a patent last week, which is related to the monitoring and automatic updates related to friends of the user on social network. The revised application seems to be aimed at focusing the patent on the features that Facebook is currently offering.
This may not be the end of it. Facebook, which is no stranger to controversy, may see a lot of such last-ditch attempts at making money by obsolete internet giants like Yahoo and AOL.