The Tao of Steve
Tao of Steve
Woo boy, the normally dry and wonky world of patent law is getting interesting. The New York Times has filed suit against Lodsys, a patent firm (some might say troll) that has been targeting Apple developers.
FOSS Patents Florian Mueller sees the filings as confirmation that Lodsys sent out “a vast number of patent assertion letters” targeting more than just small-time developers.
But unlike the seven tiny iOS developers Lodsys sued in May for violating a patent for in-app purchase mechanism, today’s suits from the Times and market research firm Opinion Lab are a counter-strike to ensure that “they sue Lodsys before Lodsys sues them,” Mr. Mueller explains.
Developers at WWDC were frustrated not to hear a word from Steve Jobs about the war patent firm Lodsys is waging against third-party developers. But at long last—okay fine, nine days later—Apple has come out swinging. Yesterday, they filed a motion to intervene in Lodsys’ lawsuit against seven small-time iOS app developers for an in-app purchase mechanism. The court has yet to decide whether it will grant Apple’s motion to act as an intervenor,which Lodsys has the power to oppose. But Apple has already submitted its answer to Lodsys’ complaint and a counterclaim. Apple’s proposed defense is that the alleged infringements are covered under an existing license agreement in Apple’s favor.