Little more than two weeks ago, Paul Allen's patent infringement lawsuit against such tech giants as Apple, Google, Facebook and Yahoo, among others, was dismissed as too vague. At the time, U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman said:
Plaintiffs should, where possible, set forth the specific websites that are at issue and identify the hardware and software with adequate detail for the defendants to know what portions of their business operations are in play in this litigation.
She then gave Allen until Dec. 28 to revise and refile his complaint. According to The Wall Street Journal, he took advantage of that opportunity. Writer Don Clark explains:
The revised complaint lists specific products and services offered by the defendants [that violate his patents]. In the case of Apple, for example, the 35-page document states that the Silicon Valley giant relies on such functions as comparing content items to determine whether they are related.
The defendants reportedly have offered very little thus far in response to the revised claims, though a Facebook spokesperson told the WSJ the company would "vigorously defend" what it considers a meritless suit. For its part, Google sees Allen's firm as nothing more than a patent troll.