Paul Allen is firing up the lawyers. The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, who has since gone on to found numerous ventures, has leveled patent-infringement charges against 11 major players in the technology and office-supply sectors.
In fact, in seeking to enforce his intellectual property, Allen has dusted off patents from a firm called Interval Research that he co-founded in 1992. In his crosshairs: Google, Facebook, Apple and several other notable firms. CIO Update takes a look at Allen’s massive patent-infringement suit.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen filed a major patent-infringement lawsuit on Friday, naming 11 major technology and retail office-supply firms as defendants.
On the list are AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Yahoo and YouTube, along with Office Depot, OfficeMax and Staples.