Yahoo demands licensing fees from Facebook
Company says Facebook is using up to 20 of its patents on the social network
Yahoo has demanded that Facebook pay it licensing fees for the use of its technology, possibly sending the social media sector into the same patent battles as other technology sectors are facing, according to Reuters.
Yahoo has stated that patents, including the technical mechanisms in Facebook's ads, privacy controls, news feed and messaging service, belong to them and must be licensed, a source told Reuters. Representatives from Facebook and Yahoo met on Monday to discuss approximately 20 patents, as yet the monetary amounts Yahoo is demanding from Facebook for the patents has not been made public.
Yahoo told Reuters in an emailed statement that other companies have already licensed some of the technologies in question, and that it would act unilaterally if Facebook refused to pay for a patent license.
"Yahoo has a responsibility to its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders to protect its intellectual property," the company said.
If Yahoo sues Facebook, it would be the first legal action among technology giants in the social media sphere.
Major legal battles are already being fought out in the mobile phone and tablet sectors between companies such as Apple, Motorola, Samsung and Microsoft.