updated 03:45 pm EDT, Wed June 22, 2011
Campaign against Android developers continues
(Updated with refiling news) Patent holder Lodsys has asked a Texas court for an extra two months in order to respond to Apple's motion to intervene, according to new documents. Without the filing Lodsys would have had to respond by June 27th, but may soon have until the end of August 27th. The company writes that it is not looking to delay proceedings, and has in fact "conferred with counsel for Apple and Apple does not oppose the relief requested herein."
Apple became embroiled in the legal battle with Lodsys after the latter began following up on threats and suing app developers. Lodsys claims that its patents prevent developers from using in-app purchase systems without a license. Apple, though, insists that its own licenses represent an umbrella for anyone selling apps through the App Store.
Lodsys is reportedly continuing to send out letters to developers asking for license payments, which could create serious financial trouble for smaller outfits. Both iOS and Android developers have been targeted. Still missing in the equation is Google, which has yet to attempt any formal intervention on behalf of Android coders.
Update: Having barely filed the original motion, Lodsys has already submitted a new one. Instead of requesting a two-month extension the company is now only demanding a single month, through July 27th. The new filing may stand a greater chance of success.