Paul Allen Refiles Patent Suit Against Google, Facebook, Yahoo & Others

Paul AllenAs expected, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has re-filed his patent infringement lawsuit against some of the biggest companies on the web. The suit alleges that 11 companies have infringed on technology developed in the 1990s by Interval Licensing (AKA Interval Research Corporation), one of Allen’s companies. The 11 companies named in the suit are Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Apple, AOL, eBay, YouTube, NetFlix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples.

Allen first filed the lawsuit in late August, but it was dismissed earlier this month as being too vague. The district court judge gave Allen until today, December 28, to refile.

According to the Seattle Times, the new lawsuit explains in more detail how the eleven companies allegedly infringed on Allen’s patents and includes several screenshots showing where Allen’s company believes the defendants are infringing on its patents.

There’s more discussion on Techmeme.

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  • Gena Mason

    One big problem with a patent enforcement suit like this one is that the court is bound by patent law not to review claims for how obvious they seem now, but rather for how obvious they were at the time of filing. That’s one of the difficulties raised by this kind of case, which asks a judge and/or jury to determine what might or might not have been obvious 20 years before. However, it’s up to the court to determine the validity of the patents involved, and Allen has every legal right to use the system to his advantage.

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