COLUMBUS, Ohio, May 8, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Today a Federal court denied the appeal of Leader Technologies in the Leader v. Facebook patent infringement case. “This is suspiciously convenient timing for Facebook, coming hours after the Facebook roadshow commenced in New York,” said CEO Mike McKibben, referring to Facebook’s IPO kickoff yesterday.
According to McKibben, a lower court held that Facebook violated Leader’s patent on 11 of 11 claims, but then invalidated Leader’s patent by finding that Leader had tried to sell its technology too soon (“on-sale bar,” in legal parlance.)
“Leader asked the Federal Circuit to overrule this verdict, because the company’s patent interests were protected by a ‘no-reliance’ agreement that negated any possibility of making offers before we had signed contracts,” said McKibben. “But the court ignored these agreements, accepted Facebook-doctored evidence, and misquoted my testimony to justify their decision.”
“We are extremely disappointed,” McKibben added. “The appeals process is supposed to correct legal errors by juries, not simply root around for new evidence to justify not overturning a jury that was fooled by Facebook tricks.”
McKibben may appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We firmly believe that the jury erred in their one finding against Leader,” he says. “Facebook is using our invention, as the jury agreed, without our permission. This court just condoned hacking of intellectual property and fabrication of evidence as acceptable business practices.”
The case is Leader Technologies Inc. v. Facebook Inc., 2011-1366, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Washington). The lower court case is Leader Technologies Inc. v. Facebook Inc., 08-cv-862, U.S. District Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).
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Leader Technologies Incorporated ("Leader®") was founded in 1997 by veteran entrepreneur Michael T. McKibben with headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Mike had just come off of a project for AT&T where he led the re-development of their Windows messaging system in cooperation with AT&T Bell Labs. He had a vision for a new kind of web-based communications platform that would overcome the "data silo" problem that has plagued communications technologies, sometimes called collaboration technology. This vision included how technology would be used in the future to support two key organizational values: leadership and intellectual capital retention. He determined that these three value propositions could be united into a single, scalable web platform and Leader was born.
Leader® develops and markets web-based collaboration platforms that merge voice and data. These platforms build upon the global Internet backbone and provide a single, highly interactive web control console and unified data repository. Large, medium and small businesses can manage email, voice mail, fax, teleconferencing, web conferencing, file sharing, documents, video, voting, chat, instant messaging, whiteboarding, projection, bulletin boards, news, alerts, project management, systems administration, operator services and directory services in a revolutionary new way. Traditional data and voice platforms deliver these services separately in fragmented applications and data silos at approximately ten times the cost of the Leader solutions.
Leader2Leader® (aka Digital Leaderboard®) is the flagship product and is currently launched to a select group of customers. Leader2Leader® provides a complete work environment framework for all forms of electronic communications (data types) using state-of-the-art web services protocols such as XML. Large enterprises will find immediate use of this scalable system for project management, remote file sharing, customer service applications, web conferencing, teleconferencing and communications where their intranets do not service their constituents well. Medium and small businesses will embrace the full platform as an alternative to more expensive, locally installed solutions requiring regular systems administration, maintenance and upgrades. Remote and geographically disbursed workers and organizations will find the platform powerful in its utility and simplicity due to the ability to establish secure, online collaborative environment. Corporate alternatives involve buying and installing expensive software packages, configuring user machines, learning a separate interface for each application, then having to deal with the inconvenience of continual upgrades. With Leader2Leader®, once you have a UserID and Password, you are up and running from any Internet browser or wireless handheld device on the planet. Digital Leaderboard® was awarded its first patent - U.S. Patent No. 7139761 - on November 21, 2006.
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