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Deceased Programmer’s Family Sues Facebook Over ‘Like’ Button Patent  February 19, 2016 – 07:58 am

A thumbs up or "like" icon at the Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California, May 15, 2012. (Robyn Beck/AFP/GettyImages)

A thumbs up or "like" icon at the Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California, May 15, 2012. (Robyn Beck/AFP/GettyImages)

Facebook has been sued by a patent-holding company over its “like” button and some of its other features that were apparently developed a decade ago by a now-deceased Dutch programmer.

Global law firm Fish & Richardson filed suit against the social media giant over the patent, which is currently held by Rembrandt Social Media LP, according to a news release.

“We believe Rembrandt’s patents represent an important foundation of social media as we know it, and we expect a judge and jury to reach the same conclusion based on the evidence, ” said attorney Tom Melsheimer, counsel for Rembrandt and principal of the law firm’s Dallas office, in the release.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of Dutch programmer Joannes Jozef “Jos” Everardus van der Meer on Feb. 5, but it was not widely reported until Monday.

Source: Epoch Times

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