Rembrandt Social Media has filed a lawsuit against Facebook over the use of the “Like” button. Rembrant is suing Facebook on behalf of a deceased programmer named Joannes Jozef Everadus van Der Meer.
Van Der Meer passed away in 2004 and was granted two patents in 1998. Rembrandt now has ownership of the two patents that Van Der Meer was granted when he built a social network called Surfbook.
Surfbook was a social diary that allowed people to share information with friends and family. Data was approved using a “like” button according to legal documents filed by law firm Fish and Richardson.
The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Virginia. The legal documents said that Facebook is aware of the patents and cited them in their own applications to patent some social networking technologies. In the legal claim, another company called Add This was cited.