Sunday, December 12, 2010

Problem with Allen patent infringement suit

A post at TechFlash notes of an incomplete complaint by Paul Allen:

Allen has until December 28th to file an amended complaint, and a spokesman for Allen says that he plans to do so soon. In August, Allen sued Apple, AOL, Google, Netflix, Facebook, eBay, Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, Yahoo and YouTube, alleging that the companies violated patents on "fundamental web technologies" developed at a now-defunct Silicon Valley company called Interval Research.

In the decision 10 Dec 2010, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman wrote that the complaint "lacks adequate factual detail to satisfy the dictates of Twombly and Iqbal."

See also

More on Paul Allen and Interval


Blogger New said...

I expect Allen either to file an amended complaint or to appeal the ruling on this case. Someone like him doesn't tend to bring a suit like this unless he thinks he has a reasonable chance of winning. At the very least, he can use his billions to harass the tech companies via endless patent litigation, until the two sides work out some kind of settlement.

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