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Leader sues Facebook for patent infringement
Columbus, Ohio (November 19, 2008)--Leader Technologies Incorporated of Columbus, Ohio, announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit* against the social networking company, Facebook, Inc. of Palo Alto, California.
The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware and alleges that Facebook infringes Leader’s U.S. Patent No. 7,139,761 issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on November 21, 2006. The ’761 Patent generally relates to a method and system for the management and storage of electronic information. Leader seeks damages and an injunction against Facebook for its willful infringement of the ’761 Patent.
Leader was founded by Michael McKibben in 1997 and is a pioneer in web-based collaboration platforms. Leader has filed several patent applications, dating back to 2002, that cover its technology. “We have spent a great amount of time and effort in procuring our intellectual property,” says Michael McKibben, founder of Leader and named inventor on the ’761 Patent, “and have taken the steps necessary to protect our proprietary and inventive ideas.”
Leader is represented by the law firms King & Spalding LLP and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP.
* Leader Technologies Inc. v. Facebook Inc., 08-CV-862-JJF - U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware.
Leader Technologies® Incorporated is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. Leader® develops
and markets a new Web 2.0 communications framework based on its patented Digital
Leaderboard™ system covered by U.S. Patent No. 7,139,761.
Leader also offers Leader Phone® and Leader Dialog® for toll-free
and toll audio conferencing, Leader Alert® for alerting, and Leader Meeting™ for
web conferencing in commerce, education, and government. Leader has been
a key provider to the government of services during national emergencies, including
provider of major disaster response communication services following Hurricane
Katrina to the Governor of the State of Louisiana and state and federal agencies. Leader
also provided support to the United States Departments of Homeland Security
and Defense at the Terrorex ’04 terror threat simulation in
Las Vegas. For more information, go online at www.leader.com or
contact John Needham (614) 865-9896.
Leader, Leader Technologies, Leader Phone, Leader Dialog, Leader Alert, Leader Meeting, Leader.com, Digital Leaderboard, Leaderboard and The Intellectual Capital Company are trademarks and registered trademarks of Leader Technologies Incorporated. King & Spalding is a trademark of King & Spalding LLP. Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP is a trademark of Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP. Facebook is a registered trademark of Facebook, Inc. All other marks are the properties of their respective owners.