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Ars Technica: Paul Allen's patent infringement lawsuit dismissed

Dec 14, 2010, 17:03 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has hit a snag in his massive patent infringement suit against Apple, Google, Netflix, Facebook, YouTube, and numerous others. US District Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed the lawsuit on Friday, according to court documents, saying that Allen's company failed to specify infringing products from any of the 11 companies.

"Interval Licensing LLC, Allen's patent holding company, filed the lawsuit in August and accused 11 Internet giants of violating four patents. The patents covered three main concepts: browser use for navigating through information, managing a user's peripheral attention while using a device, and alerting users to items of current interest. They collectively addressed the general concept of presenting searched-for information to a user along with related news articles, media, status updates from friends, or other data.

"As many pointed out at the time, Allen's lawsuit did not name Microsoft, though it did name Microsoft partner Yahoo for implementing such broadly available technology. In its announcement, Interval said that it was merely protecting its own "investment in innovation," despite the fact that Interval does not create products of its own."

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