The original case had been thrown out of court in early December after U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman declared that the complaint was too vague after stating “the allegations in the complaint are spartan.” The amended suit includes details that were not included into the original filing, and also hosts 40 displays showing the alleged patent infringement in action according to the Seattle Times. The companies named in the lawsuit among Apple are Google, Facebook, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, Youtube, Netflix, and eBay.
Allen’s Interval Licensing filed the lawsuit on behalf of the Interval Research Corporation, a company he co-founded in 1992. Interval Research closed in 2000, but the patents are still active and under Paul Allen’s close scrutiny. The patents that Allen hope to protect outline “a browser for use in navigating a body of information, with particular application to browsing information represented by audio visual data”, “attention manager for occupying the peripheral attention of a person in the vicinity of a display device” and a system for “alerting users to items of current interest.”