Paul Allen’s Patent Infringement Case Against Google Is Dismissed

Posted Dec 15, 2010

In late October Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) co-founder Paul Allen filed a lawsuit against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, Staples, Yahoo!, and YouTube. The court agreed with Google that Allen “lacks adequate factual detail to satisfy the dictates of Twombly and Iqbal” and “fails to provide sufficient factual detail as suggested by Form 18.” Google said that Allen was too vague to meet the standard that was set under Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 129 S. Ct. 1937 (2009) and Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544 (2007). AOL used the same argument. Therefore the case against Google and AOL has been dismissed. Allen has until December 28th to refile an amended complaint where he must specify the products or devices that infringes upon his patents. [Groklaw]