Bascom Research filed two separate suits against Facebook and Novell, alleging that the defendants’ social networking platforms and related solutions infringe three or four patents (depending on the defendant) related to document suits against BroadVision, Jive Software, and LinkedIn earlier this month. Inventor Tom Bascom is the president and CTO of Bascom Research, as well as the CTO of LTG. LGT appears to have close ties to IPNav. (LGT’s CEO and COO are former IPNav executives Will Rosellini and Peter Hardigan and IPNav is reportedly acting as Bascom’s campaign advisor. ) 10/3, Eastern District of Virginia, assigned to District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema and referred to Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson, 1:2012cv01111; 1:2012cv01113.
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