Microsoft co-founder relaunches tech patent suit

* Claims Apple, Facebook, Google using patents

* Seeks damages, ban on infringing features

* Suit originally filed in August

SEATTLE, Dec 29 (BestGrowthStock) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O: )
co-founder Paul Allen relaunched a wide-ranging patent lawsuit
against Apple Inc (Read more about Apple stock future.) (AAPL.O: ), Google Inc (Read more about Google Stock Analysis) (GOOG.O: ), Facebook and
others with specific allegations that the companies are
illegally using technology owned by his firm.

Interval Licensing LLC, a small research company set up by
Allen in 1992, originally filed a broad patent suit in federal
court in Seattle in August, but Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed
it on the grounds that it did not specify any actual products
or devices. The revised suit was filed by Interval on Tuesday.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975,
claims Interval was central to research and development of
technology in the Internet arena in the 1990s, amassing more
than 300 patents and providing research assistance to Google.

In the suit, Allen’s firm claims four of its patents —
chiefly related to the way Web data is sorted and presented —
have been infringed by a number of successful companies.

The first patent concerns the generation of data related to
information being browsed. Interval claims Google uses this
technology to match advertisements from third parties to
content being displayed, while AOL’s (AOL.N: ) sites use it to
suggest items related to news stories.

Interval claims Apple’s iTunes service uses the technology
to suggest music based on a user’s searches, and that eBay Inc
(EBAY.O: ), Facebook, Netflix (NFLX.O: ), Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O: ) and
Office Depot’s sites (ODP.N: ) have also infringed the patent in
the way they direct users to related content.

The second and third patents concern relaying information
on a computer screen in a peripheral, unobtrusive manner, such
as in an instant messaging box or overlay.

Interval claims its patent has been infringed by features
in AOL’s Instant Messenger, Apple’s Dashboard, Google Talk and
Gmail Notifier, Google’s Android phone system and Yahoo
Widgets.

The fourth patent concerns alerting web browsers to new
items of interest based on activity of other users. Interval
claims AOL uses this technology on its shopping sites, while
Apple’s iTunes uses it to recommend music.

Interval claims eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office
Depot, Staples Inc (SPLS.O: ), Yahoo and Google’s YouTube all
have infringed the patent in the way they suggest content to
users.

Interval has asked the court for damages and a ban on
products that use the disputed patents.

The case is C10-1385 MJP in the U.S District Court Western
District of Washington at Seattle.
(Reporting by Bill Rigby; Editing by Derek Caney)

Microsoft co-founder relaunches tech patent suit