New York, NY, United States (AHN) – Twitter, one of the world’s most popular social networking tools, is now the target of a patent infringement lawsuit.
According to VS Technology, Twitter is violating a patent obtained in 2002 for a “method and system for creating an interactive virtual community of famous people.”
The patent is real (no. 6,408,309) and the suit claims it protects their invention of “methods and systems for creating interactive, virtual communities of people in various fields of endeavor wherein each community member has an interactive, personal profile containing information about that member.”
The suit was first spotted by TechCrunch and then (ironically?) tweeted by Wisconsin patent attorney Mike Wokasch from Quarles & Brady, LLP.
While the suit is now sitting in a Delaware court, TechCrunch’s Robin Wauters calls VS Technology “another patent troll” since they couldn’t “find any information or website about the company” and comes to the conclusion that “they did absolutely nothing productive with their ‘invention.’”