Barney's Blog

Blog archive

Paul Allen Needs More Money

While billionaires like Bill Gates, Ted Turner and Warren Buffett are giving away their money, Paul Allen is using some of his massive wealth to make money -- by suing the pants off everyone from FaceBook and Google, to Apple and AOL. Not everyone, exactly. These patent lawsuits somehow bypass Microsoft -- Allen's former employer and source of the money he used to create or, in other cases, buy up all these patents in the first place.

Here's the dealio: Allen launched Interval, a research firm, years ago. Now, Interval Licensing is designed to enforce patents, including some related to Web search.

The patents, in some cases, are so broad as to be ridiculous, applying to the fundamental way we all browse. Of course, back in the day, Apple had a patent on overlapping Windows, so go figure.

In Paul's defense, he did just recently pledge to give away a portion of his wealth, and these companies he is suing are not exactly crying poverty.

Does Allen have the right to sue all these folks or is much of this now public domain?

Posted by Doug Barney on 08/30/2010 at 1:18 PM


Featured

  • Performing a Storage Refresh on Windows Server 2016, Part 2

    Earlier, Brien walked through the steps of preparing a physical Windows Server 2016 machine for a storage refresh. Now, he shows how to complete the process, all the way to OS restoration.

  • New Office App Coming to Windows 10 Users

    Microsoft is delivering a new Office app for Windows 10 consumer and business users over the new few weeks, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • Microsoft Warns .NET Core 1.0 and 1.1 Losing Support in June

    Microsoft gave notice this week that .NET Core 1.0 and 1.1 will fall out of support on June 27, 2019.

  • Microsoft Publishes Windows Deadlines on Upgrading to SHA-2

    Microsoft on Friday described its 2019 timeline for when it will start distrusting Secure Hash Algorithm-1 (SHA-1) in supported Windows systems, as well as in the Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 2 management product.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.