SEATTLE ( KTLA) -- Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has re-filed his lawsuit against Facebook, Google and nine other companies, claiming they infringed on his patented Web technology.
Interval Licensing, which was based in Seattle and is not longer in existence, owns the rights to information systems, computer science and communications technology developed in Silicon Valley by Interval Research, which Allen co-founded in the 1990s.
YouTube, AOL Inc., Apple Inc., Yahoo Inc., Netflix Inc., eBay Inc., Office Depot, OfficeMax, and Staples.
U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle dismissed the original suit because it did not name the infringing products.
Allenl's new lawsuit, filed Tuesday in District Court in Seattle, has examples of the four patents in question.
Two of the patents are related to the way websites suggest additional, related content to what's being shown on the screen.
Among the many examples cited, Allen said Google and Yahoo's news sites infringe on these patents by displaying related headlines.
The companies' search advertising systems and e-mail spam filters also infringe on these patents, lawyers for Allen said, as do features on Netflix and eBay that recommend related products or products based on a user's shopping or movie-watching history.
The other two patents are related to the way computer programs and websites send alerts to the user without disturbing their main activity on the computer, unobtrusively and off to the side.
Lawyers for Allen says the infringing products include AOL's instant messaging system, Google's Gmail notification software and Yahoo's news widget, among many other items.
Interval is asking for damages and, going forward, either royalties or a ban on the companies' use of the technology.
Allen founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, a high school friend and fellow computer enthusiast, in 1975.
He served as the company's executive vice president of research and new product development until 1983, when he left to focus on his health.
He had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, which he beat.
Paul Allen Re-Files Lawsuit Against Facebook, Google and Others
Allen claims the companies are using technology he patented in the early 1990's.
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