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Submission + - Paul Allen the Ultimate Patent Troll (

pavera writes: Paul Allen's company Interval Licensing LLC has filed a massive patent lawsuit against most of the tech heavyweights and many large e-commerce retailers. The suit alleges that Apple, Google, AOL, Office Depot, Netflix and many others infringe on 3 patents granted since 2001. These patents describe the "invention" of putting things in the peripheral vision of a user and presumably cover putting anything of an "advertising" nature outside of the main "content" area of a page. Patents in question: 6,757,682, 6,788,314, 6,034,652.

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