The following video is part of our nationally syndicated Motley Fool Money radio show, with host Chris Hill talking with Ron Gross, James Early, and Joe Magyer. This week, Yahoo! filed a lawsuit in federal court, accusing Facebook of infringing on 10 of Yahoo!'s patents. In this segment, the guys analyze how important patents can be for a company's revenue, how that factors into their investment research, and which tech companies are benefiting the most.

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