VS Technologies claims it has patented the method
A Virginia-based company has alleged that Twitter is infringing on its patent by creating a virtual community for famous people.
VS Technologies said it has patented (US patent no. 6,408,309) the "Method and system for creating an interactive virtual community of famous people" in 2002.
The company is now seeking a reasonable royalty for the use of the patented technology together with interest and costs as fixed by the district court in Alexandria, Virginia.
The company described the patent as a method and system for creating an interactive virtual community of famous people, or those people who wish to attain the status of a famous person, in a field of endeavour, such as arts, accounting, animal rights, business, education, engineering, entertainment and so on.