You don't take a few shots in the patent wars without gearing up for the next battle. According to a Reuters source, Facebook just armed itself with 750 IBM patents. The library of intellectual property is said to cover a wide spectrum of technology, including semiconductor and search patents. So what's the beef? Well, Facebook could be prepping for a classic countersuit, the promised "vigorous defense" of its News Feed, user profiles and advertising methods versus a handful of Yahoo patents -- although it's just as likely to be bolstering its portfolio for investors. We'll let you know how it turns out.


Facebook reportedly acquires 750 IBM patents, beefs up its IP profile