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New York Times Takes a Preemptive Strike Against The Patent Trolls at Lodsys

From the fake Lodsys Twitter page.

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. Read More