“Apple last week joined forces with Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others in an effort to dismiss patent infringement charges brought by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld. “In a federal lawsuit filed last August, an Allen-owned firm claimed that 11 companies, including Apple, Google, YouTube, Facebook, AOL and Yahoo, infringed four patents awarded more than a decade ago.”
“Google led the counter-attack against Allen on Oct. 18 when it filed a motion to dismiss the claims. The motion asserted that Interval had failed to show how Google had infringed the patents, and had not named the technologies used by or the services offered by Google that allegedly violated those patents,” Keizer reports. “‘Interval’s Complaint is so devoid of any facts to support its infringement contentions that it is impossible for Google to reasonably prepare a defense,’ Google [wrote].”
“Apple joined Google’s motion on Oct. 21 with a filing of its own,” Keizer reports. “‘Interval has sued eleven major corporations and made the same bald assertions that each defendant infringes 197 claims in four patents,’ Apple stated. ‘As the U.S. Supreme Court noted in Twombly, it is in this type of situation in which courts should use their ‘power to insist upon some specificity in pleading before allowing a potentially massive factual controversy to proceed.””
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]