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Google, Apple to Paul Allen: Prove It, Buddy

Google and Apple, foes in the mobile-devices market, are friends when it comes to fighting allegations of patent infringement.

The two companies have teamed to fight a sweeping lawsuit brought against them by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp.

Allen filed a lawsuit in late August against Google, Apple, AOL, Facebook you name a big tech or Internet company, and it’s probably on the list. Hes even going after office retailers like Staples and Office Depot. The man who now spends a lot of his time with his pro sports teams in the Northwest says the defendants are all guilty of patent infringement related to a business he started back in 1992, called Interval Research. Interval shut down in 2000 after garnering 300 patents, four of which are at the center of this lawsuit.

But Google, Apple and a bunch of the other companies named in the suit including Netflix, eBay and Yahoo! are banding together to convince the courts to dismiss the case. For its part, Google insists that Interval has failed to show how any patent infringement has taken place.

“Interval is not entitled to waste court and party resources with a scattershot complaint against multiple defendants that fails to give any indication as to which products or services Interval contends are infringing and the factual basis for such a claim,” Google wrote in court documents filed last week. “Interval’s complaint is so devoid of any facts to support its infringement contentions that it is impossible for Google to reasonably prepare a defense,” Google continued.

Apple agreed, and called on judges to insist upon some specificity” before proceeding.

One of the patents at the heart of the lawsuit has to do with how software allows many websites to offer related information and related articles on their Web pages, much like youll find at the bottom of this article.


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