As we reported on earlier, a patent holding company called Lodsys is threatening iOS developers with a lawsuit. Details were scarce at first, but it seems that Lodsys has now put together a blog on part their site to answer questions regarding their recent legal action. First off, they aren’t doing this to put pressure […]
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Lodsys Releases More Information Regarding Lawsuit Notices

apples-app-store-icon-o.jpgAs we reported on earlier, a patent holding company called Lodsys is threatening iOS developers with a lawsuit. Details were scarce at first, but it seems that Lodsys has now put together a blog on part their site to answer questions regarding their recent legal action.

First off, they aren’t doing this to put pressure on Apple. It turns out that Google, Microsoft, and Apple all have paid to license the intellectual property. That said, they believe that each iOS developer should be responsible for licensing the property in each of their own applications.

They also claim that their patents are not overly broad, with others accusing them as such, but rather the patents were filed nearly 20 years ago, and looking back over the industry in that time frame, everything seems to fall right in place. However, at the time they were granted none of this could have been known.

Next, they defend their business model, and claim that is is the best way to license intellectual property held by people such as Dan Abelow, the man that originally filed the patent. They play the role as middle man, taking on the burden of licensing, while men like Abelow get back to inventing things.

Lastly, and most seriously, the people at Lodsys claim to have received death threats and other hate mail, some of which is coming from developers who received the notice for the suit.

Lodsys is threatening indie iOS developers with infringement lawsuits for utilizing in-app purchaes or links to full versions, from within their applications. These developers have 21 days to negotiate licensing terms, or face a lawsuit.

First off, threatening some with bodily injury is abhorrent, and shame on anyone doing the threatening. Secondly, this whole thing is an absurd attempt of a patent holdings “company” to troll on small developers, who they feel are most vulnerable, and extort money out of them in one fashion or another.

Like I said in the initial report, I suspect Apple will step in, so Lodsys doesn’t scare off all of their developers.

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