Judge Dismisses Paul Allen Suit

A United States District Court judge for the Western District of Washington has dismissed a broad patent infringement lawsuit filed in August by Paul Allen’s Interval Licensing against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube. The website Groklaw first reported the development on December 10 and published a copy of the dismissal order. Judge Marsha Pechman agreed with Google and AOL’s contention that the suit’s allegations were too vague to meet the standards set out for patent infringement cases in a recent Supreme Court ruling. “Plaintiff has failed to identify the infringing products or devices with any specificity,” Judge Pechman wrote, echoing Xconomy’s own analysis. But the case isn’t necessarily over; Interval has until December 28 to file an amended, more specific complaint.

Wade Roush is a freelance science and technology journalist and the producer and host of the podcast Soonish. Follow @soonishpodcast

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