On December 28, 2010, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen filed an amended patent infringement complaint [PDF] against such business and Internet giants as Google, Ebay and Apple with the claim that those companies misappropriated technologies patented by Allen's Interval Licensing, LLC. Allen's amended complaint claimed that over 40 products and devices infringed upon four different patents he holds. The specific allegation was that the defendants violated his patents for data mining and recommending users with similar content. Allen had to refile the suit because a judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed an earlier patent infringement suit.
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