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SAN FRANCISCO: Yahoo! accused Facebook of retaliating against a patent-infringement lawsuit by buying patents that the social networking site used as the basis for its countersuit against the Web portal company. Facebook bought the patents after it was sued by Yahoo in March and then countersued over the newly acquired technologies as payback for the original lawsuit, Yahoo said in a filing yesterday in federal court in California. Of the 10 patents at issue in Facebook’s counterclaims, ‘several’ were purchased from patent licensing or holding companies after Yahoo’s complaint was filed and some were ‘tainted’, the Sunnyvale, California-based firm said in the filing. A federal judge should invalidate the Facebook patents and dismiss the company’s counterclaims, Yahoo said. Facebook’s accusations “Many, if not all, of these patents were acquired by Facebook for purposes of ...

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