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Apple, Google And Others Join To Fight Paul Allen's Charges

Apple has joined 11 other technology giants including Google, AOL and Yahoo, in an attempt to get a US court to dismiss a patent infringement lawsuit bought against them by a company controlled by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

The iPhone maker filed its petition to the US court on 21 October, claiming that Interval Licensing, the company that claims ownership of the disputed patents, had failed to provide sufficient information on exactly how these 11 corporations, including Apple, infringed on its patents,tech news site Computer World reports.

“As the U.S. Supreme Court noted in Twombly, it is in this type of situation in which courts should use their 'power to insist upon some specificity in pleading before allowing a potentially massive factual controversy to proceed,” the company said.

The disagreement when Interval Licensing had filed a lawsuit against 11 companies, accusing them of violating 4 of its patents that been awarded a decade ago.

The patents were first owned by Internal Research, a research lab that was funded by Allen.

Later, the company was dissolved and the patents were transferred to Interval Research, which is also controlled by Allen.