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Paul Allen sues Apple, eBay over patents

Claims major firms using technology without permission

Microsoft co-founder and early DreamWorks investor Paul Allen sued Apple, Facebook, Google, eBay and seven other companies on Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The lawsuit claims that Allen owns patents on technology that is being used without his permission by some of the world's most innovative companies.

Allen claims the technology was developed at Interval Research, a company he co-founded in 1992 and folded eight years later.