Tele-Publishing, Inc., a subsidiary of Phoenix Media/Communications Group, Inc., yesterday filed a federal lawsuit against Facebook, alleging the social network's personal pages violate a patent Tele-Publishing was granted in 2001.
The complaint, filed in US District Court in Boston, seeks unspecified treble damages and an end to Facebook's alleged infringement of Tele-Publishing's patent, which sets out a method by which a remote user can upload images and information to a server to build a personal Web page.
From the Tele-Publishing patent:
Tele-Publishing bills itself as "the leading provider of revenue generating Personals content to the newspaper industry."
If Tele-Publishing wins, the decision could have a profound effect on the Web, since many sites now use similar techniques for letting users set up personal pages, from large social networks to, well, Universal Hub.