Billionaire Paul Allen’s patent
case against Google, Apple, Facebook and several other big-name companies has
been dismissed, with US District Judge Marsha Pechman claiming that “the
allegations in the complaint are spartan” and insufficiently specific.
Allen and his lawyers now have
until 28 December to re-file an amended complaint, something, the team intends
Allen alleges that four patents
developed at short-lived investment Interval Research Corp. have been
infringed, including technology whereby related item suggestions are given
based on a user’s current view, and another system whereby new and updated
items are added to search results.
Both Google and Apple had filed to
dismiss the claim, arguing it failed it sufficiently specify which goods or
services were at fault.
Still, they shouldn’t hang up their
lawyers quite yet; “The case is staying on track” says Allen spokesperson David