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Lodsys clarifies position on iOS patent claims

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Monday, May 16, 2011
News Categories: Apps + Games, Other

Following reports on Friday that several iOS developers had received claims of patent infringement over the use of in-app purchases, Lodsys has attempted to clarify its position in a series of posts on its blog. In the posts, the company notes that Apple is a licensee, as are other large companies such as Google and Microsoft. However, it is Lodsys’ claim that its license does not automatically extend rights to Apple’s third-party developers, and that companies such as Apple cannot currently extend the rights to include independent third-party developers.

Lodsys has outlined the licensing fees that it is demanding from developers, stating that it is “seeking 0.575% of US revenue over the period of the notice letter to the expiration of the patent, plus applicable past usage.” The company estimates that a developer will pay $5,750 for $1m in revenues. Notably, the notices sent to developers on Friday morning did not include any mention of fees, indicating only that the developers had 21 days to license the technology. [via Engadget]

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Oh, that sounds like a load of bull!  So this outfit is saying that iOS developers has to pay THEM a license fee to use what is rightfully thought of part of APPLE’s own API?!?  Basically for using a feature that is thought to be considered part of the OS itself?  The developers being slapped with this ridiculous lawsuit are doing the right thing by contacting Apple’s Legal department.  Will be interesting to see how this plays out.

Posted by SkiBumMSP on May 16, 2011 at 5:45 PM (PDT)

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Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill. Kill.

Trolls should get the death penalty.

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Posted by Lord Vader on May 17, 2011 at 12:15 AM (PDT)

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