Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Yahoo Patent Offensive - Precipitating Factors?

Today, the CNET article Fred Amoroso: Is this the man behind Yahoo's patent offensive? discusses factors that may have precipitated Yahoo's patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook in March 2012:
  • Hiring former Rovi CEO Mr. Amoroso who is reputed to be patent savvy to join the Yahoo board in February 2012
  • Yahoo's declining business model
  • Yahoo's prior success in signing up Google for a $270M patent license 
  • Yahoo's relative patent strength over Facebook. Yahoo owns 1,029 patents in contrast to Facebook's 12 patents (The PTO search page indicates Facebook owns 21 patents)
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