A US jury is hearing testimony that Facebook infringed on patents held by a Dutch computer programmer who launched a website called Surfbook more than a decade ago. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
A civil trial is underway today in federal court in Virginia, where Facebook is being sued by a holding company called Rembrandt Social Media. The lawsuit alleges that a Dutch computer whiz, Joannes Van Der Meer, developed and patented methods for running a web-based personal diary before Facebook came into existence. But his website, Surfbook, never got off the ground. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
Facebook fought unsuccessfully for more than a year to keep the case from getting to a jury. The company says the patents should never have been issued to Van Der Meer. Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg