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Facebook sued after being accused of stealing the ‘Like’ button

By Mason White 10:58 AM February 13, 2013
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By: Debbie Gross
(Scroll down for video) Everyone knows about the famous facebook “Like” button. But what people do not know is that there was a company that already had the “Like” button before facebook, according to a new lawsuit filed in court.

Facebook was sued by a company that says it owns the patents on the “Like” button.
Rembrandt Social Media is suing facebook for using the button, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

Rembrandt said that the success of facebook is due to its technology, at least in part, to patents belonging to Dutch programmer Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer, who died in 2004.

Facebook declined to comment, but a lawyer for Rembrandt, which owns the patents, said that the patents “are an important basis of social networks.”

Van Der Meer, who was awarded the patent in 1998, launched his own unsuccessful social network, called SurfBook, a “social newspaper” that, according to lawyers of Rembrandt, allowed people to share information and pass data with a “Like” button.

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