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Android named in updated Interval patent suit

Microsoft's co-founder Paul Allen has amended his patent infringement suit against Apple, Google, Facebook and other tech giants, after an earlier filing was dismissed by a U.S. judge for being vague.

Interval Licensing refiled a lawsuit on Wednesday against 11 technology manufacturers and retailers--including Google and Apple--alleging that each infringed on patents owned by the company.

Interval Licensing, which owns the patents granted to the now-closed Interval Research (co-founded by Paul Allen, a founder of Microsoft) claims that Apple, Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Youtube, eBay, Netflix, OfficeMax, Office Depot, and Staples are infringing on four key patents.

Interval Licensing originally filed a suit against the 11 companies in August 2010, alleging that they were infringing on Web technologies developed and patented by Interval Research in the 1990s.

Read more of "Android named in updated Interval patent suit" at ZDNet UK.