Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen sues Google, Apple, Facebook, eight others over patents

Billionaire Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has sued 11 major Web-based companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, YouTube and eBay, alleging they infringed internet patents he owns.

AOL, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples are the other companies accused of violating four patents said cover fundamental web technologies first developed at Interval Research in the 1990s.

The suit has been brought by Interval Licensing, which is controlled by Mr Allen.

It owns the patents of Interval Reserach, a defunct computer science and communications research company founded by Mr Allen and David Liddle in 1992.
According to the complaint, Interval Research employed more than 110 of the world’s leading scientists, physicists, and engineers and was at the forefront in designing next-generation science and technology.

It also claims to have helped fund outside projects, including work done by Google founders Sergey Brin and Lawrence Page.

David Postman, a spokesman for Mr Allen, said: “This lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation.”

Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told Reuters: “We believe this suit is completely without merit and we will fight it vigorously.”

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10 responses to this post.

  1. nice blog i like it


  2. Posted by asobah on August 30, 2010 at 7:50 am

    i hope he wins


  3. We will see who will win. If Paul win, he will be the richest man he he


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  5. i think new research start now


  6. He should win if he is correct!!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. Good Step!!


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