We're not patent lawyers, but we wanted to brave the legal waters just one more time in order to bring you this update on the unfolding Lodsys drama: Apple is still insisting on intervening in court on behalf of App Store developers despite a reported initial rebuke from Lodsys. It's recently responded to Lodsys' response of Apple's first go at intervention. Provided Apple is allowed to intervene, this should take a lot of pressure off of the sue-ees -- at least, that's our best take from our armchair positions.

FOSS Patents is reporting on this brief, which popped up earlier this week. In the article, it outlines a pretty snappy summary of the arguments Apple has put together. Point four sums up what’s going on from its perspective pretty well. Apple fears that developers might drop the store if things get too murky:

"Apple's License lies at the heart of this case, Lodsys has already sued numerous significant Apple customers and threatened dozens of others, and a boycott of some of Apple's core products by App developers has been proposed." 

Earlier this July, Lodsys turned its sights from independent developers to the big dogs. Electronic Arts, Atari, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive, and Rovio Mobile are all now included in the battle, according to an earlier FOSS Patents report.

This is a fight over a patent for IAP and links to upgrade to other versions of games, so it’s hard to believe that Apple will let this one go. To be frank, it’s hard to believe that companies with the deep pockets of EA and Rovio will either, but I suppose we’ll see. One horribly slow step at a time, folks.

[Via Foss Patents, TUAW]

  • Adams Immersive

    Here’s hoping that Lodsys can’t prevail against Apple, Google, EA, and the Appsterdam coalition, and that other patent trolls see the example.

  • Adams Immersive

    Here’s hoping that Lodsys can’t prevail against Apple, Google, EA, and the Appsterdam coalition, and that other patent trolls see the example.

  • Adams Immersive

    Here’s hoping that Lodsys can’t prevail against Apple, Google, EA, and the Appsterdam coalition, and that other patent trolls see the example.

  • Adams Immersive

    Here’s hoping that Lodsys can’t prevail against Apple, Google, EA, and the Appsterdam coalition, and that other patent trolls see the example.

  • Adams Immersive

    Here’s hoping that Lodsys can’t prevail against Apple, Google, EA, and the Appsterdam coalition, and that other patent trolls see the example.

  • Anonymous

    Lodsys? Moar like LoadofShits

  • Anonymous

    Lodsys? Moar like LoadofShits

  • Anonymous

    Lodsys? Moar like LoadofShits

  • Anonymous

    Lodsys? Moar like LoadofShits

  • Jcman7

    This company thinks it can beat big corporations like Apple and EA? lol I dont think so.

  • Amrulez

    Better call Saul

  • Amrulez

    Better call Saul

  • Amrulez

    Better call Saul

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    Just like "Mr. Edge", it gets so easy to just keep this money making machine going once setup why not simply cast out for bigger fish with our impenetrable net?  Not realizing it doesn't do much good in dealing with whales.

  • gatorademebtch

    Better call Saul. You don't want a criminal lawyer, you want a CRIMINAL lawyer.

  • Nilly

    Note that in addition to In-App-Purchase and links from the free version to the full version of an app in the App Store, iOS and Android developers have also received infringement notices from Lodsys for
    - feedback forms (Wolfram's Mathematica app)
    - cross promotion of apps (links from one app to another of the developer's apps in the app store)
    - house advertisements linking to developer's apps in app store

  • Lolwut

    the company WILL be buried.

    it's EA and Apple, two of the worst company in terms of how they go to protect their assets

    but just for this event, I'll support those two

    • DoubleWut

      So does that mean you'll support neither when this event is over?

  • BetterCallSaul?

    LOVE bob odenkirk

  • Me

    I see that Lodsys can be mailed here: Mark.Small@lodsys.com

  • MoHeyNow

    I hope Lodsys gets AIDS and dies a horrible and painful death...