Paul Allen's Interval Licensing Sues

Charging patent infringement, Allen is suing companies such as Apple, Google and others.
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co-founder Paul Allen's

Interval Licensing

is leading a patent infringement lawsuit against several tech and retail giants on behalf of his now defunct firm

Interval Research

.

The list of companies targeted by the suit include

Apple

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,

Google

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,

Facebook

,

Netflix

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,

Yahoo!

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,

eBay

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,

Staples

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and

Office Depot

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.

Documents: Complaint for Patent Infringement >>

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court, Seattle, targets ecommerce and search technology that Interval says it developed and intends to defend.

Google was one of the first companies to reply, telling the

AP

that the move "reflects an unfortunate trend of people trying to compete in the courtroom instead of the marketplace."