Two More Lawsuits vs. Facebook

Phoenix Media/Communications and Mekiki became the latest passengers on the “Let’s sue Facebook” bandwagon, TechCrunch reports.

Phoenix, publisher of the Boston Phoenix newspaper, claims that the social-networking site violated a patent related to setting up online personal profile pages. According to TechCrunch, its claim alleges that Facebook’s “computer network and method of creating and sharing a personal page” is covered by one or more claims of a patent issued in June 2001.

And Mekiki, a Japanese company that operates social network SamuraiTime, claims that Facebook was built using its patented technology, with Bloomberg reporting that Mekiki claims Facebook infringed three patents for a “human relationships registering system.”

According to TechCrunch, Facebook refused to comment on the Mekiki case but said the Phoenix case is “without merit and will be fought vigorously.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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