Twitter Wins Patent Lawsuit

Nov 2, 2011 - LegalZoom News Sources
Twitter was the target of a recent lawsuit filed by VS Technologies, which claimed Twitter used unauthorized patents.

The popular social network Twitter recently won a lawsuit against VS Technologies LLC, which had accused the social networking website of infringement over a patent for building virtual communities.

Twitter, which was launched in 2006 and now has more than 100 million active users, was cleared of all charges.

“We are gratified that a jury has agreed that this suit had no merit,” Sean Garrett, a spokesman for Twitter, said in an e-mail to Bloomberg News. “While we would prefer to compete on the Internet rather than the courtroom, we will continue to vigorously defend groundless patent lawsuits filed against us.”

The patent that VS Technologies issued in 2002 was for creating an interactive community for famous people. Twitter argued that the way its website works is not related to the patent held by VS Technologies.

VS Technologies was seeking $8.4 million in the lawsuit, which Twitter representatives said was a ridiculous amount.

VS Technologies is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, and was founded to provide the highest quality information technology consulting services to its clients, according to the company website.