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Microsoft co-founder Allen loses first round of patents case

Silicon Republic - The first round of billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen’s patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Google and Facebook and others has been dismissed by a judge.

In August, Allen began patent litigation against Google, Apple and nine other technology companies – including eBay, AOL, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples Inc and YouTube – on the basis they are alleged to have been using technology used by his now-defunct Interval Research Corp.