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Dutch family sues Facebook over 'like' button patent

Published on Feb 12, 2013 12:10 AM

THE HAGUE (AFP) - The heirs of a Dutch Internet inventor are suing Facebook for allegedly infringing his patents with the US social networking site's "like" and "share" buttons, court documents seen on Monday said.

The family of Mr Jos Van Der Meer, a computer scientist, programmer and inventor who died in 2004, is being represented by patent-holding company Rembrandt in the suit brought before a court in Virginia on Feb 4.

The suit for unspecified damages claims Facebook's infringement of two related patents filed by Mr Van Der Meer, who is described as "a pioneer in the development of user-friendly Web-based technologies", in 1998.

One patent "claimed a novel technology that gave ordinary people... the ability to create and use what Van Der Meer called a personal diary", court papers said.

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