Facebook Gets Sued Over 'Community' Patent

Technology patent trolling seems to have become a regular pasttime — something that is influenced proprtionally with lucrative potential of a patent, and which the long-flawed approval process at the USPTO (U.S. Patent & Trademark Office) abets in the first place. Now there’s another questionable patent lawsuit, this one involving ‘online communities’, and naturally, Facebook is a target with its community of more than 400 million users.

In fact, the lawsuit was filed in 2007 — the patent in 2001 — but Facebook asked for temporary delay to explain — presumably to point out how ridiculous the patent wording is, or something of that nature. As Mike Masnick explains on Techdirt, there has to be tons of “prior art” on the concept of a “system for creating a community for users with common interests to interact in.”