Microsoft Founder Declares War Over Web Patents

Law360, New York (August 27, 2010, 6:38 PM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. co-founder and billionaire Paul Allen has taken aim at a slew of major technology and e-commerce companies — including Google Inc., Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. — over four Web patents owned by his company Interval Licensing LLC.

The lawsuit, filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington by lawyers at Susman & Godfrey LLP and Heim Payne & Chorush LLP, claims that the defendants' alleged infringement of the four patents-in-suit is “willful and deliberate” and has caused irreparable...
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