Apple has joined Google's motion in the case of Paul Allen vs. the Internet. The eleven online internet and retail giants were sued for patent infringement by the Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen have quietly aligned in an early bid to derail the litigation -- contending that the suit doesn't adequately back up its claims that they're running afoul of approaches pioneered by Allen's defunct Interval Research.
Google and its YouTube unit, two defendants in the case, are leading the charge. Their Oct. 18 motion to dismiss the case has since been joined by eBay, Apple, Netflix, Office Depot, Staples, AOL, Facebook, Office Max and Yahoo, according to U.S. District Court docket.
In addition, Google has filed another motion (PDF, 8 pages) contending that the case shouldn't have been filed against such a variety of companies with little or no apparent connection to one another.
Allen's spokesman called Interval Research "an early, ground-breaking contributor to the development of the internet economy," saying it "worked hard to bring its technologies to market through spinning off new companies, technology transfer arrangements, and sales of its patented technology."