Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is having another go at suing the world + dog for patent infringement.
Allen’s Interval Licensing filed an amended patent infringement suit against Apple, Google, Facebook, and eight other online companies violate its patents. The first go was sent back by the judge because it failed to point out exactly how each outfit nicked Allen’s ideas.
Allen claims that the technology companies use his patents whenever they use a browser for navigating through information, managing a user’s peripheral attention while using a device, and alerting users to items of current interest.
The four related patents address the general concept of presenting searched-for information to a user along with related news articles, media, status updates from friends, or other data.
When Apple’s iTunes recommend other songs and artists that a user might like that are comparable to the currently displayed artist or album, Allen thinks that is his idea.
Allen and former Xerox executive David Liddle were awarded a patent for the ideas in 1992.
It looks like Google’s Android operating system is directly targeted by the lawsuit including its notification system for texts, Google Voice messages, e-mails, and other alerts displays information “to a user of a mobile device in an unobtrusive manner that occupies the peripheral attention of the user.”