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The mere mention of Lodsys can often evoke a visceral response of disgust, not too surprising given that Lodsys in the eyes of many epitomizes the worst type of patent troll. Lodsys, if you recall, is a patent holding company that began targeting independent iOS developers back in May of 2011. On...

October 7th 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Apple licensed US Patent #772,078 from original owner Intellectual Ventures to allow for in-app purchases of iOS apps. The patent, now owned by Lodsys, covers "Methods and systems for gathering information from units of a commodity across a network." Lodsys started suing iOS developers for patent...

September 30th 2013 at 4:30pm 0 Comments
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In May 2011, a largely unknown patent-holding firm named Lodsys began threatening iOS developers with lawsuits if they didn't agree to license Lodsys' patent portfolio, which allegedly covered technology encompassing in-app purchases. The case made headlines not only because Lodsys targeted many...

August 8th 2013 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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Lodsys filed what many are calling a "patent troll" lawsuit against a number of smaller iOS developers last year, claiming that while Apple may have licensed its in-app purchase technology patents for iOS, individual developers have not, and should be held accountable for using it. Despite...

October 9th 2012 at 3:30pm 0 Comments
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It's the TUAW Daily Update, your source for Apple news in a convenient audio format. You'll get all the top Apple stories of the day in three to five minutes for a quick review of what's happening in the Apple world. You can listen to today's Apple stories by clicking the inline player (requi...

April 13th 2012 at 3:15pm 0 Comments
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Last year, patent holder Lodsys filed lawsuits against iOS developers including James Thomson, Patrick McCarron, IconFactory, Combay, Rovio and more. Apple stepped in and filed a motion to intervene on June 9, 2011. The motion was finally granted this week, says a report in FOSS Patents. Lods...

April 13th 2012 at 8:35am 0 Comments
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We haven't heard much from the legal battles between patent troll Lodsys and the developer community, but unfortunately that doesn't mean Lodsys has shriveled up and vanished. Ars Technica has interviewed iOS developer Mike Lee, who founded the Appsterdam Legal Defense Team to fight Lodsys's sh...

December 30th 2011 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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Apple has filed a response brief to Lodsys, who responded to Apple's intervention in the patent suit two weeks ago. Around the same time, the suit was expanded to include big-name iOS developers such as Rovio, EA, Atari, Take-Two Interactive and Square Enix. Lodsys has filed an opposition brief tr...

August 8th 2011 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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Mac and iOS developer Mike Lee has announced the Appsterdam Legal Defense Team, meant to defend independent developers against the patent claims recently made by the likes of Lodsys. Mike tells his fellow developers that "rally time starts now," while outlining the defense team's immediate pl...

August 1st 2011 at 2:30pm 0 Comments