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What Is Wrong with Paul Allen?

He's apparently healthy and not broke, so why is Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and Pacific Northwest sports magnate, suing pretty much the whole technology industry (except Microsoft) for patent infringement? This is as much of a head-scratcher as we've seen lately. Is this just a money grab? Is it an attempt to squeeze something tangible out of the failed Interval Research project, which Allen is using to launch the legal action? Is Allen just bored waiting for football season to start? We have all questions and no answers. And we suspect that Allen's legal action will get about as far in the courts as the Seahawks did in the NFC West last season. (In other words, since Allen hasn't sued the St. Louis Rams, as far as we know, we don't really see him beating anybody here.)

Posted by Lee Pender on 08/30/2010 at 1:23 PM


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