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A small tech company in Maryland is suing the social networking giant Facebook for patent infringement.

The company, WhoGlue Inc., is based in Baltimore where it makes and sells software for membership-driven associations and nonprofit organizations. WhoGlue holds a patent for a system it says "facilitates communications between user members of an online network."

The Baltimore Sun reports the lawsuit alleges the social networking site Facebook infringed on that patent despite having "notice and knowledge" of WhoGlue's rights. The company says it applied for the patent in 2001, three years before Facebook was founded, and received it in 2007.

Facebook says it will fight the lawsuit.

Matt McCleskey reports...

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