Paul Allen's suit against the Web dismissed

By Matthew ยท 11 replies
Dec 13, 2010
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  1. In August, Paul Allen and his legal team unleashed a broad spectrum patent suit against many of today's largest IT companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, eBay, Netflix, Apple and others. The Microsoft cofounder sought payment for four patents his firm created in the 90s.

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  2. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Considering two of the patents appear to be identical I'm not surprised.
  3. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    I make my coffee whit real milk, im suing every one who uses real milk too....
    Thats how i look at that sues.
  4. matrix86

    matrix86 TS Guru Posts: 843   +38 to explain how this is related? Paul patented ideas that are in use today. Unless you patented using real milk in coffee, I fail to see the relativity here.
  5. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 616   +175

    He patented ideas, but not ways to implement them?
  6. Retarded.

    6,757,682 - "Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest."

    hmm, so he invented advertising? And even if it is computer specific, does he think he invented output devices, because they specifically alert users of items of current interest. Hows about a doorbell? That could cover this patent. Or a microwave, they alert you when your interesting food is cooked.

    What a *****, all I see is rich people trying to get richer while everything is crumbling around us!
  7. You know what, I take it back.

    6,757,682 - "Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest."

    This is not an idea, certainly not an idea you can patent. Abuse of the system from a rich man. This is like patenting the shape of a wheel well after the time of invention then trying to extort money out of Firestone and Mitchellin :/
  8. The bigger question is what items should be able to get a patent in the first place. This is really just getting out of control.
  9. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 819   +343

    6,757,682 - "Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest."

    Shouldn't he be suing all news broadcasts, including TV and radio?
  10. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    I swear sometimes I think that all these crazy people today must have been subject to syphilis in their youth and it's now progressed to eating their brains.
  11. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 612

    Well now its time to get back to the other 15 million lawsuits in technology...
  12. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 265

    Any of you actually read the patent on "Alerting Users to Items of Current Interest"? Some of the diagrams created for the patent look a lot like

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