Apple motion against Lodsys dismissed | iLounge News


Apple motion against Lodsys dismissed

Apple’s motion to intervene in a patent infringement lawsuit Lodsys filed against numerous iOS developers has been dismissed by US District Judge Rodney Gilstrap, according to a report. Lodsys originally sued seven third-party iOS developers, which prompted Apple’s motion to intervene more than two years ago. Apple proposed to claim alleged infringements by iOS developers were covered under its existing license to Lodsys’s patents. Lodsys’ original claims were related to patents involving in-app purchases and “upgrade” buttons. Martha Stewart, who was just in the news recently for tweeting about her broken iPad, recently sued Lodsys after the patent troll demanded Stewart pay the holding company for each of her company’s apps. Lodsys’ case is still on track for trial. [via Ars Technica]

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Not really sure what the judge’s angle here is, but I’m sure there’s nuanced legal argument for why an obvious patent troll is allowed to go after people using *Apple’s* APIs which *Apple* has licensed and, yet, *Apple* isn’t allowed to file an intervention on their behalf :rolleyes:

There’s too much money involved for Apple to allow this to continue - figure the next step will be 1) Apple provides legal counsel for the afflicted developers, 2) Apple refuses to pay any further licensing fees to Lodsys, and 3) Apple files motion to invalidate the patents in question since they’re about as inherently valid as an IOU for one million dollars from a homeless guy written on toilet paper.

Companies like Apple only pay these fees in the first place because it’s cheaper than going to the trouble of fighting these patent troll corporations, but if paying them off doesn’t do any good because they continue to intimidate your developers that earn you a lot of money, that rationale goes bye-bye.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 30, 2013 at 11:29 AM (CDT)

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