Facebook Acquires Company That Sued, WhoGlue

By David Cohen Comment

A patent-infringement lawsuit ended up leading to an acquisition, as relationship-management-software developer WhoGlue announced that it was acquired by Facebook.

WhoGlue filed suit against Facebook in September 2009, claiming that the social network “violated a patent awarded to WhoGlue in 2007 for an “information management system’ to control personal information as human networks and technology increasingly mesh.”

Founder Jason Hardebeck told The Baltimore Sun‘s BaltTech blog the suit was settled in a “very positive” way last year, adding:

It’s not typically how you introduce yourself to someone, to serve them with papers. My experience with Facebook was very positive, very surprising, given its perception in the press and certainly from the movie [The Social Network]. It turns out that they are really good guys.

Baltimore Business Journal reported that Hardebeck was able to repurchase enough trademarks and the WhoWare software behind WhoGlue to continue to service its client base under the new name WhoGlue LLC, independent from Facebook.

WhoGlue’s clients include the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Ohio State University Varsity “O” Alumni Association. Technology giant Siemens was among the shareholders until Facebook bought them out.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.