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Apple 'actively investigating' Lodsys claims

updated 02:30 pm EDT, Tue May 17, 2011

Developers passing along claims in bid for help

Apple's legal department is "actively investigating" patent claims made against iOS developers by Lodsys, says The Guardian. The UK newspaper notes that "about a dozen" developers have been served with papers so far. At least some of the companies have reportedly passed along Lodsys' complaints to Apple. The latter should respond to the issue later this week, the Guardian writes.

Lodsys insists that through offering in-app purchases, some iOS developers are violating a US patent it bought, 10/732,102. The company is demanding 0.575 percent of related revenue, which while seemingly a tiny amount could deter smaller developers and pull in large amounts of cash from the app industry as a whole. In explaining the targeting of developers rather than Apple itself, Lodsys has argued that while Apple may be licensed, its "pixie dust" doesn't protect third parties.

iOS developers are not the only the groups facing legal action. Lodsys is also suing large electronics firms such as Samsung, Brother, HP and Motorola Mobility. Apple may be forced to become a direct participant, as the appeal of iOS devices is highly dependent on access to a big app ecosystem.

by MacNN Staff



  1. kdogg73

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Buys Lodsys

    Problem solved.

  1. icewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Buries Lodsys

    Problem still solved.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple Sues Lodsys and wins

    I like this solution better

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple pays Lodsys

    for third-party use of their patent and still solved.

    Oh right, we have to make the assumption that Lodsys is completely wrong in this case.

    Although one wonders why Apple didn't just bury them and their stupid patent to begin with instead of licensing it, basically validating that the patent is enforcable.

  1. eclux

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple buys Lodsys and sues Google

    No, that would be a Microsoft tactic, right? Right?

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