Leader Technologies, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio has filed a patent infringement against Facebook. The complaint was filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Delware. The patent at stake is 7,139,761 invented by Michael T. McKibben and Jeff R. Lamb. The patent was filed on December 10, 2003 and issued on November 21, 2006.
Below is the abstract of the patent:
A data management tool. The tool is a unified, horizontal system for communications, organization, information processing, and data storage. The tool operates seamlessly with existing platforms, and is a common workflow layer that is automated with a scalable, relational database. The tool uses one or both of a relational and object database engine that facilitates at least many-to-many relationships among data elements. The highest contextual assumption is that there exists an entity that consists of one or more users. The data storage model first assumes that files are associated with the user. Thus, data generated by applications is associated with an individual, group of individuals, and topical content and not simply with a folder, as in traditional systems.
Leader Technologies was founded by Michael McKibben and they specialize in web-based collaboration platforms. Leader’s four core products are Leader Phone, Leader Dialog, Leader Alert, and Leader Meeting.
“We have spent a great amount of time and effort in procuring our intellectual property,” stated McKibben, “and have taken the steps necessary to protect our proprietary and inventive ideas [MarketWatch].”