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Microsoft cofounder sues Apple, Google, Facebook, more

By Matthew ยท 15 replies
Aug 27, 2010
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  1. Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen has essentially sued the Internet today, chasing after 11 massive IT companies for patent infringement. Allen has opened suit against Apple, Facebook, Google (and its subsidiary YouTube), AOL, eBay, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, and Yahoo, alleging that they use technology created by his firm in the 90s.

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  2. Hackemate?
  3. KG363

    KG363 TS Guru Posts: 515   +9

    That's pathetic. Way to wait until a decade after it was copied...
  4. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    Doesn't any statute of limitations apply to anything, anymore?
  5. Maybe they're trying to gather funds for their next advertisement campaign, you know, for that thingy called Windows Phone Something...
  6. Good for them. If it was my idea I'd do the same. Funny how people cry about it when it's MS people doing the suing.
  7. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,920   +629

    Haha, and the patent links are via Google Patents. :D
  8. Richy2k9

    Richy2k9 TS Enthusiast Posts: 515

    hello ...

    i think there is patent & 'patent' .... someone can't just go & fill tons of ideas they can't put forward themselves & later on tax others for using same for there are no other routes or of some similitudes ...

    it's like someone in the beginning go & fill a patent for human to breathe in & out oxygen, as no one would think of 'owning' this process in the first place, then tax all humans for they do so ...

    i think those delivering patents should have strict conditions applied. tomorrow i can go & fill a patent for an idea of an invention i just don't have anything material or knowledge to create & when the real genius get the job done, i'm in for some milking ....

    OK, i'm off filling patent for the following: time machine (oops! already taken), hyper-hd resolution, synthetic brain-powered computers ... LOL (Oops, do i have to pay anything also for saying some words !!?)

  9. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 549   +9

    LOL just LOL.
  10. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    I guess Microsoft wants to make up for all the suing against them over the past 5 years. You don't poke the bear people.
  11. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,518   +2,312

    I think he's just mad cause Bill Gates gets all the attention, and most of the money.
  12. Yeah, I read "Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen" and immediately thought, "Paul Allen...oh yeah, I remember hearing about him once."
  13. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I kind of hope he's doing this to prove how messed up the patent system is.
  14. ...and just below the original article, in a subtly passive-aggressive condemnation of Paul Allen's legal action, the Wall Street Journal included "Related Stories" and "Related Videos"...
  15. lpmjames

    lpmjames TS Rookie Posts: 148

    oprah = stedman
    gates = allen

    he was just there to rub gates' feet at night
  16. No point in suing at the start...all you get is lawyers fees to pay. Let them make some money and settle for millions

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