Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer

Facebook is facing legal action over its use of the "like" button and other features of the social network. It is being sued by a patent-holding company acting on behalf of a dead Dutch programmer called Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer. Rembrandt Social Media said Facebook's success was based, in part, on using two of Mr. van Der Meer's patents without permission. Facebook said it had no comment to make on the lawsuit or its claims. A lawsuit has been filed in a federal court in Virginia by Rembrandt Social Media. "We believe Rembrandt's patents represent an important

You can bet Facebook doesn't like this. The social network is currently being sued for its use of the Like button, a feature which was patented by Dutch programmer Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer in 1998, five years before Facebook's launch. The patents were granted as part of the functionality of Surfbook, a social diary created by Van Der Meer that allowed users to "like" each other's content. Van Der Meer has passed away. However, the patent holder — Rembrandt Social Media, LP - has chosen to seek legal action against Facebook for using the patents without permission.

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