Interval Licensing, LLC, which is the exclusive licensee of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,263,507; 6,034,652; 6,788,314; and 6,757,682, filed a patent infringement suit on November 27, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington against 11 defendants, including AOL Inc., Apple Inc., eBay, Google, Netflix, Office Depot Inc., OfficeMax Inc., Staples Inc., Yahoo Inc., Facebook, and Google’s YouTube.
The patents-in-suit allegedly relate to a browser for use in navigating a body of information, with particular application for browsing information represented by audiovisual data. The case is styled Interval Licensing LLC v. AOL, Inc., et al. Interval Licensing, LLC, is owned by Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft Corporation. The patents were obtained on technology developed by Interval Research Corporation, a technology incubator founded by Mr. Allen but now out of business. (Source: RFC Express, 8-28-2010)